Event organizer
Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra
Colégio de S. Jerónimo, Largo D. Dinis Apartado 3087
3000-995 Coimbra


3rd CREATOUR International Conference and Creative Tourism Showcase: Creative tourism dynamics

Start: 2019-10-23 00:00
End: 2019-10-25 00:00
Location: University of Algarve
Place: Faro, Portugal
Fee: Earlybird registration: 95€ Regular - Communicants and participants; Free - Students without presentations
The third International Conference of the CREATOUR Project is devoted to Creative Tourism Dynamics, with a particular focus on communicating, engaging, and connecting travellers with local communities and place through creative tourism. The CREATOUR approach to Creative Tourism highlights four elements: active participation, the learning and creation process, creative self-expression, and a link to the local community and sense of place. Creative Tourism creates a privileged relationship between tourists and residents, which derives from the immersion of both in local culture through the active participation in creative learning experiences. In this context, it is important to better understand how to identify and reach travellers, how to involve communities in the design and production of creative experiences, and to learn from initiatives being developed internationally.
The conference aims to continue the work developed in the first and second CREATOUR conferences (Curia, 2017; Braga, 2018), bringing together creative tourism researchers with creative tourism practitioners to discuss issues and opportunities of creative tourism internationally.

With a particular focus on communicating, engaging, and connecting travellers with local communities and place through creative tourism the conference will promote knowledge sharing and joint reflection.

It will also present a Creative Tourism Showcase involving the CREATOUR network - 40 pilot projects located in small cities and rural areas within the Norte, Centro, Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal.
We will have with us an exciting set of keynote speakers - Charles Landry (UK), Greg Richards (Netherlands), Jafar Jafari (USA / Italy), and Nancy Duxbury (Portugal / Canada) are already confirmed! Additional invitations in process.
Submission of proposals is open until May 31, 2019!

Who is organizing?

The conference is organized within the project CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas (Desenvolver Destinos de Turismo Criativo em Cidades de Pequena Dimensão e em Áreas Rurais). The overall objective of CREATOUR is to develop and pilot an integrated approach and research agenda for creative tourism in small cities and rural areas in Portugal, developing strong links within and amongst regions. CREATOUR is a national three-year project (2016-2019) funded under the Joint Activities Programme of PORTUGAL 2020, by COMPETE2020, POR Lisboa, POR Algarve and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.

Building on a twofold approach, CREATOUR intertwines Theory and Experimentation, combining multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological frameworks, cultural mapping, and benchmarking exercises with the development of an array of Pilots, or creative tourism case studies. The project builds on three interlinking dimensions of recent cultural and creative industries development in Portugal: (1) the development of artistic and creative industry hubs ("arts centres” or "creative factories”) in repurposed former industrial buildings or in restored heritage sites in many small cities and rural areas; (2) growing attention to the (re)vitalization and valorization of tangible and intangible cultural traditions throughout the country; and (3) the growth and development - and heightened visibility - of culture- and design-related creative products in Portugal.

CREATOUR promotes the potential for the development of human-scaled, interactive, creative tourism featuring creativity- and culture-based experiential tourism experiences. Focusing on smaller cities and rural areas in which active cultural organizations and creative enterprises currently operate, the project aims to foster new or enhanced tourism offers building from local strengths, knowledge, skills, and traditions. The project aims to develop a sustainable creative tourism that is socially, culturally, environmentally, and economically rooted in specific places and is sensitive to these dimensions. It aims to give added value to cultural and creative traditions, skills, and knowledge as well as to emerging creative practices and pathways

Conference Organization

The local conference organizer is CIEO (Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics / Centro de Investigação sobre o Espaço e as Organizações), University of the Algarve.