Creative Tourism in the Regeneration of Communities (Portugal but online)

EventsOnline Seminar: So, what’s next? The role of creative tourism in the regeneration of communities. University of Coimbra, Portugal. June 2, 2020, 16h00 – Portugal/Lisbon timezone. Deadline to register: May 31, 2020

In this moment of transition, this webinar contributes to current discussions on the future of small-scale and community-based creative tourism, and on community recovery and resilience. How can we work collectively to move forward together?

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has provided a stark moment of renewed reflection and contemplation on the realities of our interconnected world. It has highlighted the necessity of working together on both a local community and global scale to improve our quality of social solidarity, and to advance ideas and practices that can renew and provide mutual benefit, contribute to local vitality, and foster the sharing of cultural expressions. It has also led many to consider how to redirect travel and tourism to more meaningful and responsible ends. In our individual pods of isolation, the level of virtual reaching out and sharing was highlighted, and the importance of cultural practices in crafting these bridges and inter-locale connections was underscored.

Moving forward, there is a sense that this pandemic will change the way we act in future – individually, collectively in our geographic communities, and more widely in our nations and international networks. In this context, travel and tourism will resume but are likely be profoundly changed. Travelers may increasingly seek out places of beauty, of respite, of renewal. Domestic tourism may be reemphasized. Connections with others may be re-conceived and fostered on a more humane basis as co-travelers on a closely interconnected planet. A sense of rebuilding and renewal may prevail.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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