Good and not-so-good practices in creative tourism networks and platforms: an international review

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Author list: Freitas, I. V., et al.
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Publication year: 2019
Start page: 167
End page: 181
Number of pages: 15
ISBN: 978-1-78811-071-6
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


consensus has not yet been reached worldwide regarding the concept of
creative tourism. Since 2000, it has generally been considered as a kind
of tourism that can offer tourists the opportunity to co-create and
develop their creative potential. To identify and analyze the nature of
existing creative tourism practices today, we carried out an
investigation to examine creative tourism networks and platforms
internationally - providing a snapshop of the creative tourism field in
2017. In this chapter, we outline the difficulties in defining creative
tourism and discuss the development of creative tourism spaces on an
international scale through the creation of networks and platforms. The
chapter provides an overview of the research findings and comments on
the patterns, issues, and trajectories we perceived. At the end of the
chapter, we provide a summary of future research directions. This
research was conducted as part of the CREATOUR (Creative Tourism
Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas) project.
CREATOUR is developing an integrated approach to creative tourism by
combining interdisciplinary, methodological, technical, and theoretical
approaches to link the tourism and cultural/creative sectors in
non-metropolitan areas of mainland Portugal. The project aims to promote
a more sustainable and holistic development of rural and small
city/town destinations with a strong historical and cultural past
through the active and creative involvement of visitors and residents
with local habits, traditions, and customs. The initiatives that are
integrated within this project link creative, culture-based activities
with various aspects of the 'authentic heritage" of the varied landscape
of the country for the benefit of both local residents and
participating visitors.


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