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Idea Laboratories and Tourism

DINÂMIA'CET-IUL Promotes Idea Laboratories for Creative Tourism Pilot Projects

DINÂMIA’CET-IUL, Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies promoted during the month of March two Idea Laboratories aimed at creative tourism pilot projects, as part of its participation in the project CREATOUR - Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas.

These Idea Laboratories follow the previous selection of twenty pilot projects to develop creative tourism initiatives in areas of less urban agglomeration, in Portugal, with the goal of providing them with support in the development of content and in establishing the linkage between creativity and the place of implementation of these initiatives (more information on the pilot projects at, which will take place during the summer of 2018.

The Idea Laboratories are therefore regular contact points between the CREATOUR project research team and the creative tourism pilot project teams to guide their development, support further actions (such as cultural mapping, evaluation and post-project sustainability) and promote the creation of intra and interregional partnerships between cultural and creative sector organizations and the tourism sector.

The first two Idea Laboratories were held in the Norte (Braga) and Centro (Coimbra) regions with the collaboration of the local teams (Lab2PT - Laboratory of Landscapes, Heritage and Territory of University of Minho, and CES - Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra). Two more Idea Labs will also take place during the month of April, in the Algarve (Faro) and Alentejo (Évora) regions, also with the support of local teams (CIEO - Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics of the University of Algarve and CIDEHUS - Interdisciplinary Centre of History, Cultures and Societies of the University of Évora).

CREATOUR aims to promote the development of a sustainable, interactive and human-scale creative tourism sector through tourism experiences with a strong creative and cultural component in small towns and rural areas of Portugal. The project runs during the period 2016-2019 and is funded by Programa de Atividades Conjuntas (PAC) do Portugal 2020, através do COMPETE 2020, POR Lisboa, POR Algarve e da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

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