Creative tourism and territorial sustainable development: a framework for impacts assessment

Authors: Pedro Costa*, Instituto Universitário de LIsboa (ISCTE-IUL) / DINAMIA'CET-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, Ana Rita Cruz, Instituto Universitário de LIsboa (ISCTE-IUL) / DINAMIA'CET-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, Maria Assunção Gato, Instituto Universitário de LIsboa (ISCTE-IUL) / DINAMIA'CET-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, Margarida Perestrelo, Instituto Universitário de LIsboa (ISCTE-IUL) / DINAMIA'CET-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal
Topics: Economic Geography, Tourism Geography
Keywords: Creative Tourism, Impacts Assessment, Territorial Development, Creativity, Portugal, Low density areas
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Zulu, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Impacts assessment of creative and touristic activities on territorial development has been frequently centered on traditional quantitative methodologies and is often mostly based on its economic dimension. The multidimensional contributes of these activities for territorial development, considering their global outcomes in terms of economic, social, environmental, cultural and institutional benefits, are often underestimated, not only due to a frequent feeble ideological and conceptual openness, but also as consequence of the methodological difficulties that are associated with this evaluation of impacts. Drawing upon a literature review on the different territorial impacts that the implementation of initiatives linked to creative tourism can have in placemaking, capacity building and local animation, particularly within the context of small and medium-sized cities or rural areas, this paper aims to develop conceptually and to test an assessment framework for creative tourism impacts on cultural and creative dynamics in those areas. The theoretical framework will be confronted with qualitative information collected in the scope of the research project CREATOUR – “Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas”, a consortium project that aim to combine interdisciplinary research and demonstration activities to build an integrated approach to creative tourism in small and medium-sized cities in Portugal. Assuming this research project, involving 20 creative tourism projects all over Portugal, as case study, the impact assessment framework is co-constructed and discussed with the pilot-cases in this project’s idea-labs, which were designed in order to support those organizations to develop their creative tourism offers in four Portuguese regions.

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