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Definition and Evolution of Creative Tourism: How Can It Contribute to the Sustainability of Territories?

Paula Remoaldo (University of Minho, Portugal)
José Cadima Ribeiro (University of Minho, Portugal)

Creative Tourism and Sustainable Territories

ISBN: 978-1-80262-682-7, eISBN: 978-1-80262-681-0

Publication date: 11 October 2022


This chapter pinpoints a chronological and thematic literature review on the concept of Creative Tourism. Even if the concept emerged 21 years ago, its definition keeps being discussed, and different approaches are available. Born in the late 1990s, it developed rapidly due to a very open, flexible and local context design, enabling the development of personal capacity, authentic experiences and involving local culture and communities. This new approach to tourism envisages bringing together local people, their habits and practices in real and everyday contexts to the heart of the tourism experience provided to visitors. Therefore, it looks to be a promising path towards sustainability. Keeping this in mind, one can wonder if Creative Tourism can be a lever for territories' economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability. In particular, can Creative Tourism's growing importance in Southern Europe be considered a major contribution to the sustainability of those territories? The literature review concludes that most of the studies on Creative Tourism take positive impacts on territories as a kind of ‘belief’. Such an effect is not granted as a beneficial impact on a communities' well-being; it does not result just from the type of resources explored or from the participation of members of the community on the products/services supplied.



Remoaldo, P. and Ribeiro, J.C. (2022), "Definition and Evolution of Creative Tourism: How Can It Contribute to the Sustainability of Territories?", Remoaldo, P., Alves, J. and Ribeiro, V. (Ed.) Creative Tourism and Sustainable Territories, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 7-33.



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