Tourism, the global city and the labour market in London

Andrew Church, Martin Frost

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Global cities, such as London, are viewed as distinctive in terms of their role in the increasingly globalized economy. There has been considerable academic debate over the nature of global city labour markets and how these can be explained in relation to global city functions. New empirical evidence is presented for the tourism labour market in London and the UK. The pay, conditions and social characteristics of tourism workers in London are examined, and they appear distinctive in terms of their full-time, gender (male), student, ethnicity and migrant characteristics. An explanation is developed that explores the interactions between the global city role of London and other scaled geographical processes that originate, especially at the national level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-228
Number of pages21
JournalTourism Geographies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Tourism, Labour Markets, Workers, Global City, London


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