About the conference

Many are the hurdles and dilemmas confronting the tourism industry in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the epicenter of a global upheaval which has exacerbated the already impending threats of the environmental and climate crisis. As never before, this is the time for serious reevaluation of the tourism sector, and for the redesign of previous models and practices that have proven to be detrimental to destination communities and local ecosystems, and to the revival of the industry in a post-pandemic world.

Among the most-promising trends in the sector, culture-based creative tourism has garnered increasing support and enthusiasm as a pathway to regenerative development and destination resilience, two essential components of sustainable tourism and development. Inherently personalized and participative in practice, creative tourism is based on the personal contact of one-on-one and small-group experiences based on the culture of a place and its people. Focused in its dimension and emphasis, creative tourism offers visitors the opportunity to hone their creative instincts and tendencies, as they learn about the local culture through direct contact with artists, artisans, and cultural agents of the destination community. The result is a dynamic, interactive exchange that both incorporates and promotes regenerative, sustainable local development and destination resilience.
 

Call for papers and proposals [as PDF]

We are inviting proposals for individual paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions and workshops. The primary language of the event will be English, but proposals for presentations in Portuguese are also welcome.

We invite researchers/academics, artists, tourism practitioners, and students to propose presentations or workshops in these areas, or to suggest other innovative and provocative themes.

KEY THEMES

  • Creative and regenerative tourism
  • Linking culture, tourism, and local well-being
  • Cultural trends in sustainable tourism
  • Culture and regenerative tourism
  • Culture and destination resilience
  • Cultural sustainability and tourism
  • Cultural mapping and ‘visibilization’ of resources
  • Culture-based development
  • Art and place identity
  • Linking art and environment in tourism contexts
  • Inclusive tourism development
  • Art-based and creative tourism on islands
  • Innovation and technology in sustainable creative tourism
  • Smart Cities, culture, and tourism

In these topics, culture includes heritage, art, and other expressions of ‘everyday’ culture.

Following the conference, we are planning to organize an international book with selected papers from the conference.

Please submit your proposal using the online form here

Timeline (2022)

February Conference website launched
Saturday, 30 April First CFP deadline
Tuesday, 31 May Feedback and decisions communicated for first deadline submissions
Tuesday, 31 May Second CFP deadline
Thursday, 30 June Feedback and decisions communicated for second deadline submissions
Monday, 12 September Earlybird registration deadline
Thursday, 20 October Registrations close
Monday, 7 November Pre-conference event (TBC)
Tuesday to Thursday, Conference
Friday, 11 November Post-conference event (TBC)

 

About the CREATOUR Azores project


CREATOUR Azores - Turning the Azores into a Creative Tourism Destination is an integrated research-and-application project that aims to advance research focused on creative tourism in island regions, diversify tourism offers in the Azores, and strengthen links with other regions of Portugal where this model has already been implemented through the CREATOUR project as well as with other islands where the approach could be replicated. The main objective of CREATOUR Azores is to empower various agents located in the Azores archipelago to develop, implement, and promote creative tourism experiences through which tourists can actively participate in creative activities, providing opportunities for learning, creative self-expression, and interaction with local communities. A creative tourism approach allows both visitors and communities to benefit from tourism exchanges, promotes cultural vitality and sustainability, and allows artistic and creative activities to play a driving role in socio-economic development.

In addition, the CREATOUR Azores project intends not only to strengthen knowledge about specific market segments that may have greater interest in the products of creative tourism available in the region (matching profile characteristics and offers of specific destinations) but also to identify the most appropriate channels to communicate with these differentiated segments. Given the unique location and intrinsic characteristics of the Azores – a nine-island archipelago located in the North Atlantic – there is a very high potential for the development of internationally attractive and unique creative tourism offers in this island region.

The CREATOUR Azores project is coordinated by the Observatory of Sustainable Tourism of the Azores (OTA) and the University of the Azores/Gaspar Frutuoso Foundation, in partnership with the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

The conference website is hosted by the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (www.ces.uc.pt). The project website is hosted by the Observatory of Sustainable Tourism of the Azores (OTA): www.ota.pt.

Programme

The conference programme, information on keynote speakers, and related activities will be placed here.

To be confirmed: Pre-conference event on 7 November and post-conference social event on 11 November.
 

Registration and fees


To be updated shortly.

Getting to São Miguel Island, Azores


Information on getting to Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, is available from Azores Tourism:
In English: https://www.visitazores.com/en/trip-info
Airlines that fly to the Azores from North America and from Europe: https://www.visitazores.com/en/getting-here

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North American participants: Azores Airlines has cooperation agreements with a number of Canadian and American airlines, which enables you to book connecting flights to Ponta Delgada from a wide range of cities in North America. See: https://www.azoresairlines.pt

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The João Paulo II Airport is located less than 3 km from the city of Ponta Delgada. Both taxis and AeroBus, a shuttle bus connection to the city centre and its major hotels, are available at the airport. Further details: https://www.aeroportopontadelgada.pt/en/pdl/home
 

Accommodation


The range of hotels in Ponta Delgada can be searched through standard accommodations consolidating sites such as Booking.com, etc.
A special conference rate is being arranged with a downtown three-star hotel. Details shortly.

Questions

If you have any questions, please email: creatour-azores@ces.uc.pt.

 

Scientific Committee


Alexandra Baixinho, Overseas History Center (CHAM-A/UNL-UAç), University of the Azores
Alexandra Rodrigues Gonçalves, CINTURS, University of Algarve
Ana Isabel Damião de Serpa Arruda Moniz, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of the Azores
Antonieta Reis Leite, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
Áurea Sandra Toledo de Sousa, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Azores
Carlos Cardoso Ferreira, CEGOT (Centre of Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning), Department of Geography and Tourism, University of Coimbra
Carlos Santos, Observatory of Sustainable Tourism of the Azores (OTA) and Faculty of Economics and Management, University of the Azores
Cláudia Carvalho, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
Daniela Fantoni Alvares, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of the Azores
Elisabete Kastenholz, Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP), University of Aveiro
Evan Jordan, Indiana University, Bloomington Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Indiana University, USA
Fiona Eva Bakas, Lusofona University
Giovanni Ruggieri, University of Palermo – Faculty of Economy, University of Palermo, Italy
Gualter Manuel Medeiros Couto, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of the Azores
Isabel Soares de Albergaria, Overseas History Center (CHAM-A/UNL-UAç), University of the Azores
Isabel Vaz de Freitas,  Portucalense University / Lab2PT
Jaime Serra, CIDEHUS, University of Evora
Kathleen Scherf, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
Leonor Sampaio da Silva, Overseas History Center (CHAM-A/UNL-UAç), University of the Azores
Maria Assunção Gato, DIN MIA'CET - ISCTE, IUL
Maria da Graça Batista, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of the Azores
Maria Noémi Marujo, CIDEHUS, University of Evora
​​Maria Teresa Medeiros, University of the Azores
Magnus Luiz Emmendoerfer, Universidade Federal de Viçosa - UFV, Brazil
Milia Lorraine Khoury, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
Nancy Duxbury, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
Nicole Vaugeois, Vancouver Island University, Canada
Nicolas Peypoch, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, France
Olga Pinto de Matos, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo / Lab2PT
Paula Remoaldo, Lab2PT, University of Minho
Pedro Costa, DIN MIA'CET - ISCTE, IUL
Pedro Pimentel, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of the Azores
Pilar Damião Medeiros, University of the Azores, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc)
Rosa Neves Simas, University of the Azores, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc)
Rui Alexandre Castanho, Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, Poland
Sara Albino, CIDEHUS, University of Evora
Will Garrett-Petts, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
Vítor Ambrósio, Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies

 

Organizing Committee


Carlos Santos, Observatory of Sustainable Tourism of the Azores (OTA)
Claúdia Faias, Observatory of Sustainable Tourism of the Azores (OTA)
Gualter Manuel Medeiros Couto , Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Azores
Inês Costa, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
Isabel Soares de Albergaria, Overseas History Center (CHAM-A/UNL-UAç), University of the Azores
João Alves, Observatory of Sustainable Tourism of the Azores (OTA)
Leonor Sampaio da Silva, Overseas History Center (CHAM-A/UNL-UAç), University of Azores
Nancy Duxbury, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
Pilar Damião Medeiros, University of the Azores, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc)
Rosa Neves Simas, University of the Azores, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc)
Rui Apresentação, Observatory of Sustainable Tourism of the Azores (OTA)
Sílvia Silva, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
Sónia Céu, Observatory of Sustainable Tourism of the Azores (OTA)
Tiago Vinagre de Castro, Centre for Social Studies / Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra

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