International Conference

The State of the Art in Creative Tourism

1-2 June 2017

Curia (Portugal)

We invited academics, artists, creative tourism practitioners, students, and others working in tourism and cultural development to propose paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions, or workshops, addressing any of the following themes:

  • Leading trends and contextualizing influences in creative tourism today
  • Creative tourism in non-metropolitan areas
  • Creative tourism experience producers in small cities and rural areas
  • Local policies and citizens’ perspectives/involvement in creative tourism development
  • Evaluation of impacts of creative tourism experiences
  • Creative tourism, co-creation of knowledge, and specificity of place
  • Approaches to co-constructing creative experiences with visitors
  • Relationships between creative tourism and holistic local development
  • Creative tourism and rural development
  • Creative tourism and social inclusion
  • Creative tourism and cross-cultural exchange
  • Creative tourism and cultural sustainability
  • Creative tourism experiences and authenticity
  • Creative tourism as a vehicle to explore cultural landscapes and heritage
  • Understanding place through creative activities and expressions
  • Linking creative and environmental tourism
  • Linking creative and rural tourism
  • The use of technologies in creative tourism
  • Artists and ’creatives’ on vacation
  • The future of creative tourism

The primary language of the event will be English, but proposals for presentations in Portuguese are also welcome. We will aim to arrange for ‘informal’ translation support in sessions, as possible.

This conference will be linked to the development of an international book with Edward Elgar Publishers.
(Submission of full paper proposals was made by invitation).


  • 10 January 2017 - “Early review” deadline for proposals
  • 21 February 2017 – EXTENDED Deadline to submit proposals
  • 6 March 2017 - Responses from the Scientific Committee
  • 7 March to 21 April 2017 - Earlybird registration period
  • 1 June to 2 June 2017 - Conference Presentation in Curia – Coimbra region