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Motivations and Profile of the Creative Tourist: What Do They Want to Experience?

aUniversity of Minho, Portugal
bUniversity of Khuzestan, Iran

Creative Tourism and Sustainable Territories

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

Publication date: 11 October 2022


This chapter provides the results of the motivations and the profile of the creative tourist. Results originate from the major studies done worldwide, concerned with the different types of activities. This analysis is essential to design new products based on Creative Tourism and sustainability. Also, because at an international level, including South Europe, the profile of the creative tourist has not been characterised, especially the one that visits medium-sized cities and rural areas. This chapter intends to answer the following questions: Who is the participant in Creative Tourism activities? Is he/she mainly domestic or an international tourist? Why does this type of tourist participate in these creative experiences? What type of information sources do these tourists use to find the experiences in which he/she participates? This chapter uses primary and secondary data. The secondary data follow a content analysis approach of activities offered by Airbnb Experiences Platform. Regarding the primary data, 595 questionnaires applied in 45 creative experiences in the Northern region of mainland Portugal were analysed. The creative experiences were divided into seven categories: ‘creative festivals’, ‘nature and creativity’, ‘photography workshop’, ‘gastronomy experience’, ‘industrial experience’, ‘technology and creativity’ and ‘art and crafts’. The methods used were quantitative in nature. The questionnaire used consisted of 31 closed questions aimed at the profile and the motivations of the creative experience participants. Descriptive statistical analysis was used. The main results showed that participants in the seven categories of Creative Tourism experiences have relatively large differences in terms of demographic and socio-economic characteristics. These differences were also evident in their motivations for participating in Creative Tourism experiences.



Alves, J. and Ghanian, M. (2022), "Motivations and Profile of the Creative Tourist: What Do They Want to Experience?", Remoaldo, P., Alves, J. and Ribeiro, V. (Ed.) Creative Tourism and Sustainable Territories, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 131-177.



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