Creative Tourism

A Stream on “Initiatives of Creative Tourism in Urban and Rural Territories”
as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Tourism
11-14 June 2018, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Tourism

The Tourism, Leisure & Recreation Unit of ATINER is organizing a Stream on “Initiatives of Creative Tourism in Urban and Rural Territories”, 11-14 June 2018, Athens, Greece as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Tourism sponsored by the Athens Journal of Tourism.

After the first definition of creative tourism, produced by Richards and Raymond, emerged in 2000, it quickly spread as a global solution for the mass cultural tourism that was occurring in several destinations. This tourist experience offers visitors the opportunity to develop their creative potential by participating actively in new learning experiences and activities that are presented in the chosen destination (Richards and Raymond, 2000). It is linked to meaningful and authentic experiences, including active involvement with the culture and contact between real locals and tourists. Practical workshops and informal creative experiences enable tourists to explore their creativity, as well (Landry, 2010). This phenomenon was highlighted twelve years ago by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which described creative tourism as a new generation of tourism because it “(…) involves more interaction, in which the visitor has an educational, emotional, social, and participative interaction with the place, its living culture, and the people who live there” (UNESCO, 2006: 26). This type of tourism gives tourists the opportunity to become a part of the place, and it provides a sense of authenticity of the local culture. The present panel, entitled “Initiatives of Creative Tourism in Urban and Rural Territories,” deals with the following issues relevant to this new generation of tourism:

Thematic areas

  1. Moving from cultural tourism to creative tourism.
  2. Initiatives of creative tourism in urban destinations.
  3. Initiatives of creative tourism in rural areas.
  4. Potential contribution of creative tourism to the development of destinations.
  5. Creative tourism and rural development.
  6. Creative tourism networks.
  7. Creating new co-experiences between tourists and locals.
  8. Challenges for creative tourism until 2030.

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 30 April 2018 to: Dr. Paula Remoaldo, Associate Professor & Head,  Department of Geography, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Minho, Portugal and Dr. José Cadima Ribeiro, Professor, NIPE, University of Minho, Portugal.. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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