The CREATOUR 2nd International Conference: “Emerging and Future Trends in Creative Tourism” will be held June 7, 8 and 9, 2018, at Universidade do Minho – Campus de Gualtar, Braga, Portugal.

It 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, 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.

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.

Thematic areas of interest for proposals:

1- Moving from cultural tourism to creative tourism.
2- Creative tourism opportunities and challenges for artistic and cultural organizations.
3- Looking forward: challenges for creative tourism until 2030.
4- ICT in planning and implementation in creative tourism.
5- Creative tourism and rural development.
6- The role of creative tourism in the sustainability of territories.
7- Creative tourism networks: lessons and future perspectives.
8- Entrepreneurship and empowerment of local communities.
9- Participatory creative tourism projects: engaging communities.
10- Alternative/inclusive approaches to creative tourism.
11- Promoting intercultural dialogue through creative tourism.
12- Legal and institutional frameworks for creative tourism.
13- Creative tourism project incubation and development approaches.
14- Creating new co-experiences with tourists.
15- From offering workshops to developing creative tourism strategies.
16- Leading trends in marketing and communication in creative tourism.
17- The world of specialized media and tourism agents.
18- Sharing problems and solutions in creative tourism.
19- Quantitative and qualitative approaches to investigating creative tourism.
20 – Artist travelers, artistic residencies, and creative tourism

Deadline for submission of abstracts for presentation: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Proposals should be submitted at: https://goo.gl/forms/h8IjZtFVMJ4Cky8K2

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CREATOUR is an incubator/demonstration and multidisciplinary research initiative, supporting collaborative research processes. The three-year project aims to connect the cultural/creative and tourism sectors through the development of an integrated research and application approach to catalyzing creative tourism in small cities and rural areas throughout Portugal.

CREATOUR involves five research centres working with a range of cultural/creative organizations and other stakeholders located in small cities across Portugal in the Norte, Centro, Alentejo and Algarve regions. CREATOUR’s design builds on a twofold approach – theory and experimentation – which explicitly nurtures applied experimentation and the implementation of Pilots that diversify tourism offers and deepen connections between cultural/creative and tourism organizations in these areas.

The project aims to develop a sustainable creative tourism sector to boost tourism in small cities and rural areas as well as to contribute meaningfully to local cultural vibrancy and holistic development in pilot communities. It is informed by theoretical and methodological approaches from cultural/creative sector development, tourism, and regional development. It is organized using the key dimensions of support to enhance value for creative sector development as a framework: 1) build knowledge and capacity, 2) support content development and link creativity to place, and 3) strengthen network and cluster formation.

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