Planning is a vital endeavour that contributes to managing destinations, playing an essential role in the development of tourism in world cities. This chapter describes the tourism planning process, focusing on the particularities of planning for tourism in world cities. The authors emphasise having the right process to prepare the plan and to ensure that it is participative. The participants in tourism planning are identified. A seven-step tourism planning process is described in detail. Actual tourism planning practices from several countries are highlighted to demonstrate how planning is carried out on the ground.

The factors to be considered in city tourism development are reviewed in detail through using the 10 As model. Several trends and “movements” in that development are discussed, including creative and eventful cities, smart tourism, liveable cities, experience design, authenticity, sustainable and green tourism development and the promotion of tourism in city neighbourhoods. The negative effects of tourism development in urban areas are also highlighted.