This conference aims to:

· Bring together leading creative tourism researchers with creative tourism networks and practitioners to outline “the state of the art” – the main lines of research and key issues in both the research and practice of creative tourism. What is the state of the art within creative tourism research and practice? What are the leading trends and contextualizing influences today? What are the key questions and issues to be addressed going forward?

· Inform the development of a creative tourism network – CREATOUR – focusing on small cities and rural areas within the Norte, Centro, Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal. We are eager to learn from creative tourism efforts internationally that can advise the network’s development and the array of creative tourism practices to be conducted by the pilot initiatives within CREATOUR.
The conference is organized within the project CREATOUR: Creative Tourism DestinationDevelopment in Small Cities and Rural Areas. 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.
Advertising and marketing communications, Animation, Architecture, Archives and libraries, Audiovisual and interactive media, Crafts, Creative industries areas, Design, Digital facilities, Fashion and textiles, Festivals, Film, Gastronomy, Heritage (tangible & intangible), Literature, Museums, Music, Performing arts, Photography and photo imaging, Publishing and journalism, Radio, Visual arts, Words and books

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