Xavier Matteucci (Independent Scholar, Austria)
Melanie Kay Smith (Budapest Metropolitan University, Hungary)

The Creative Tourist: A Eudaimonic Perspective

ISBN: 978-1-83753-405-0, eISBN: 978-1-83753-404-3

Publication date: 22 January 2024


Matteucci, X. and Smith, M.K. (2024), "Prelims", The Creative Tourist: A Eudaimonic Perspective (The Tourist Experience), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-xi.



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The Tourist Experience series addresses a notable gap in the literature on Tourism Studies by foregrounding the tourist experience in a cohesive and thematically structured manner.

Taking a novel approach by presenting both short form publications and longer form monographs exploring issues in the tourist experience, the series will seek to build a comprehensive set of texts that collectively contribute to critical discourse and understanding of the contemporary tourist experience. Short form publications will review specific types of tourist by focusing primarily on the influences and nature and significance of their experiences within a socio-cultural framework while longer titles will embrace contemporary empirical and conceptual perspectives and debates as a means of understanding experiences.

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List of Figures and Tables vii
About the Authors ix
Acknowledgements xi
Chapter 1. Introduction 1
1.1. Contextualising the Demand for Creative Tourism Experiences 3
1.2. Creativity 6
1.3. Our Philosophical Approach 8
1.4. Book Outline 11
Chapter 2. Dimensions of the Creative Tourist Experience 17
2.1. Tourist Typologies 19
2.2. The Creative Tourist 21
2.3. Motives for Participation in Creative Tourism 25
Chapter 3. Embodiment 35
3.1. Creative Tourist Embodied Experiences 38
3.1.1. Creative Tourists’ Forms of Body Usage 39
3.1.2. Embodied Learning Experiences 42
Chapter 4. Creative Tourist Spaces 51
4.1. Liminoid Tourist Spaces as Heterotopias 52
4.2. Play 55
4.3. Authenticity 57
4.4. Intimacy 61
Chapter 5. Journeys of Self-development 69
5.1. Identity and the Creative Self 70
5.1.1. Gendered and Marginal Identities 71
5.1.2. Cultural and Cosmopolitan Identities 74
5.2. Inspiration and Self-transformation 76
Chapter 6. Synthesis and Reflections 87
6.1. Future Research on Creative Tourist Experiences 89
6.2. The Agentic Power of Creative Tourism 91
Index 97

List of Figures and Tables


Fig. 3.1. Women Practicing Flamenco in Andalusia. 41


Table 2.1. Examples of Creative Tourism Activities. 23
Table 2.2. Motives Underlying Participation in Creative Tourism. 28

About the Authors

Dr Xavier Matteucci is an Independent Scholar currently employed at FHWien der WKW / University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication. He was appointed Honorary Professor at IMC Krems University of Applied Sciences, Austria in 2023. He grew up in the Provence region where, over the years, he has witnessed the erosion of the regional culture and the marketisation and privatisation of public spaces and services. He became interested in the influence of tourism/travel on individual and collective well-being as well as in the effects of globalisation processes on regional cultures and cultural identities. During his frequent travel to Spain, he became passionate about flamenco as an art form, which led to his doctoral research on creative flamenco experiences. Xavier adheres to constructivist epistemology, but he also finds inspiration in new materialist philosophies for understanding social phenomena and fostering positive change. His publications cover topics in the areas of tourism experiences and well-being, cultural tourism and qualitative social research methodologies. Apart from his academic activities, he has led European Commission funded consultancy research projects on sustainable cultural tourism in South-East Europe.

Dr Melanie Kay Smith is an Associate Professor and Researcher in Urban Studies, Cultural Heritage, Well-being and Tourism. She currently works at Budapest Metropolitan University in Hungary and the University of Tartu Pärnu College in Estonia and is a PhD Supervisor at Corvinus University Budapest. She is also a Research Associate at the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has been an Academic and Researcher for over 20 years with lecturing and degree programme management experience in the UK, Hungary, Estonia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She has a PhD in Culture-led Urban Regeneration and Planning and over 100 publications including several books, book chapters and academic articles. She has been an invited Keynote Speaker at Conferences in more than 20 countries. She was Chair of ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research) for seven years (2005–2012) and has been an Expert Advisor or Consultant on projects in several countries, including UNWTO/ETC (2016–2018).


Many individuals have inspired us over the years. It is often difficult to name just a few because this book is the product of many years of reading exciting and provocative books and articles and of many encounters and discussions with inspiring friends, colleagues and other people we have met along the way. A large source of inspiration also comes from some creative tourists themselves for finding the strength to leave their comfort zone ansd venture into the world. In particular, XM is indebted to the creative flamenco tourists who enthusiastically embraced his scholarly endeavour and graciously shared their experiences. Some of their experiences are presented in this book. XM is also grateful to Ivana Volić for her generous support and patience throughout. Un grand MERCI à Albert, Lola, Léo et Lino. MS would like to thank Greg Richards for his inspiration over the years in the fields of both cultural and creative tourism. She is also grateful for the many wonderful shared cultural experiences and creative moments with her husband and sons, especially Levi, who is training to be a dancer. Lastly, we would like to thank Professor Richard Sharpley, as the book series editor and Nick Wallwork, senior commissioning editor at Emerald for their forbearance with this project.