International Conference

The State of the Art in Creative Tourism

1-2 June 2017

Curia (Portugal)



|► Detailed programme of the conference available here


Overall schedule of conference activities:


  Wednesday/31 May Thursday/1 June Friday/2 June Saturday/3 June
8:45-9:30   Registration Registration

Post-conference event 

Visit to Cerdeira Village: “Elementos à Solta - Art Meets Nature

Registration availabe here.


The programme will include:

- 09:30h: transport from Curia to Cerdeira

* Reception in Cerdeira

* Guided tour of the village to get to know the project (library, gallery, artists residences, workshops, arts house)

* Lunch in Eira do Vale with fantastic views

* Visit the open air art exhibition, attend various workshops and communicate with artists

- 16:30h: Transport from Cerdeira to Curia (Coimbra)

9:30-11:00   9:30-10:45 Welcome and Overview of CREATOUR Creative tourism for small entrepreneurs: A recipe for local development, Larissa Almeida  
11:00-11:30   10:45-11:15 Break Break  

11:15-12:15 Creative tourism: Opportunities for smaller places?, Greg Richards

12:15-13:00 Creative tourism: Pathways and New Horizons,  Caroline Couret

Plenary session:

* Diana Marcela Zuluaga, 5Bogota, Columbia

* Salla-Mari Koistinen, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland, Finland

* U-Seok SEO, University of Seoul, South Korea

13:00-14:30   Lunch Lunch  

Concurrent sessions |

Workshop for Pilots

Concurrent sessions  
16:00-16:30   Break Break  

Concurrent sessions |

Workshop for Pilots

Evening 19:30 Welcome reception for the Conference Free night to explore Curia    



Keynote speakers


Greg Richards  

Tilburg University, Netherlands

Greg Richards has conducted research on a wide range of topics including cultural tourism, crafts tourism, sustainable tourism, tourism education and labour mobility in the tourism industry. He has also worked extensively on the analysis and development of cultural and creative tourism in cities such as Barcelona (ES), London, Newcastle, Manchester and Edinburgh (UK) Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Bosch (NL), Sibiu (RO), Amman (Jordan) and Macau (China). He has published books on'Eventful Cities', 'The Social Impact of Events', the Handbook of Cultural Tourism and 'Reinventing the Local in Tourism'. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies (edited with John Hannigan) is due out soon. He is full professor in the Department of Leisure Studies of Tilburg University and a member of the Advisory Council of CREATOUR.

Caroline Couret  

International Creative Tourism Network, Spain

She founded and manages the Creative Tourism Network® and the Barcelona Creative Tourism program. She is regularly invited to speak in conferences as well as to teach in universities around the world and organized the I International Conference on Creative Tourism (Barcelona 2010). She publishes articles about creative tourism in different languages.
Caroline also collaborates the European Union and the UNWTO as an external expert. She is an active member of diverse international cultural and tourist organizations.
Since 2001 she has been in charge of the international area of the Foundation Society and Culture in Barcelona, from which she has been managing a wide range of projects, including the coordination of European funds projects and the organization of festivals for the Barcelona City Council.
She worked in different countries: La Casa de Velázquez (Madrid), Festival de Cannes (France), as well as various projects in Louisiana, Mexico and Morocco.

She was born in France where she post-graduated in Management of Culture and Postgraduate in Cultural Policies. Currently she is also a member of the Advisory Council of CREATOUR.

Larissa Almeida  

Loa Experiencias, Brazil

Larissa Almeida has a degree in Hospitality and a Master in Business Administration with research in entrepreneurship. She has been mentor of some entrepreneurship programs and worked as a professor for Gastronomy and Tourism graduation courses. She worked as an NGO manager for 8 years, with particular focus on fundraising and management of international projects. Actually she works as a consultancy for business development in underprivileged communities and has large experience in social business modelling, development of creative tourism products. She is also the entrepreneur behind Loa Experiences, a creative tourism agency in Recife and the developer of the International Creative Tourism meeting, a creative tourism conference in Brazil.