UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group & Inter-American Development Bank Global Conference:  

The creative tourism as a tool for jobs and inclusive growth

The Creative Tourism Network® had the honor to intervene within the Global Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, held in Montego Bay (Jamaica) on November 27-29th and organized by the UNWTO, the Ministry of Tourism of Jamaica, the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with the WTTC, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Chemonics and the Georges Washington University.

This high-level event gathered 1.500 attendees from all over the world with the aim to set a new collaborative framework for tourism moving towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  [+]


Creative Tourism at UNWTO Regional Conference Tourism in MENA Cities, Amman, Jordan

The director of the Creative Tourism Network® intervened within the Regional Conference Tourism in MENA Citiesheld in Amman, Jordan, last November 13th-14th, organized by the Jordan Tourism Board , the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan, the Greater Amman Municipality, and the UNWTO.

She also conducted a workshop on creative tourism for a thirty professionals to shape their own projects .

Hundreds of delegates from all over the world participated in this successful conference that highlighted the importance of betting on innovation to achieve sustainable tourit development.   [+]


 Jinju (South Korea) bets on creativity 

The Creative Tourism Network® (CTN) participated in the 2d International Forum on Creative City under the theme ”Creative Tourism and Cultural Industry in Creative City”, held last November 17th in the City of Jinju (South Korea), organized by the Executive Committee for the candidacy to UNESCO Creative City Network (UCCN), the Municipality of Jinju City and Jinju Culture Research Institute.

By applying for the UCCN at Crafts and Folk Arts field, the City of Jinju aims to share best practices, to develop partnerships with other cities that promote creativity and the cultural industries, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate cultures in urban development.

In this occasion, the Creative Tourism Network® had the pleasure to reward the City of Jinju as a Creative Friendly Destination® and to welcome it among this network of destinations from all over the world that are betting on art and creativity to generate a value chain which benefits to both residents and foreign travelers, while promoting the cultural heritage. The recognition was delivered to Mr. Noh, Sang Tai, Director of Culture and Arts Division of Jinju City. [+]


The Creative Tourism inaugurates the Year of Cultural Heritage in WTM - London

This year was the fourth that the Creative Tourism Network® organized conferences within the World Travel Market – London. A panel composed by Mr. Peter Debrine, Senior Project Officer, UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Program, Mrs. Carol Hay, Director of Marketing Europe & UK, Caribbean Tourism Organization and Caroline Couret, founder and director of the Creative Tourism Network®, shared their expertize with th interactive audience.

This session has been particularly relevant for being held within the 2017 International Year of Sustainability and the upcoming 2018, European Year of Cultural Heritage.      

In this sense, Mr. DeBrine insisted in the importance of such a tourism to recover heritages and traditions, as well as to foster he local economic growth, to empower the locals and to achieve a balance in the coexistence between tourists and residents. A good opportunity to remind thar the UNESCO has been supporting the creative tourism since its origins.  [+]


Creative Tourism Network 2017 … and the winners are …

The winners of the Creative Tourism Awards 2017 were revealed last November 7th, within the event organized by the Creative Tourism Network® at  the World Travel Market in London.

The international jury had the difficult task to select the awardees representing five categories, among 205 applictions received, all accrediting a high level of creativity, authenticity and sustainability.

Created by the Creative Tourism Network®, the Creative Tourism Awards aim to reward companies, projects and destinations worldwide that foster this new generation of tourism, characterized by the active participation of the tourists in artistic and creative activities.

Please press here to discover who are the winners of CTA2017!



Madrid, January 17th -19th

As every year, the Creative Tourism Network(R) will participate at FITUR - Madrid. 

In addition to present our new members and promote our Creative Friendly Destinations(R), we would be very pleased to meet you! Please, feel free to contact us to arrange a meeting: mailto:info@creativetourismnetwork.org


Open registrations:

Fam Trip & Press Trip in Gabrovo (Bulgaria), 

New Creative Friendly Destination(R)

This March 2018, the city of Gabrovo will convert itself into the first Creative Friendly Destination® of Bulgaria. This recognition will be given by the Creative Tourism Network® next March, in presence of representatives of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Mayor of Gabrovo Municipality, as well as stakeholders in cultural and tourism policy.

For this occasion, the city of Gabrovo organizes a Fam and Press trip in the heart of the Balkans oriented to travel agencies, tour operators, journalists, bloggers interested by the new creative tourism offer of Bulgaria. During the trip the participants will have the opportunity to test authentic local products and to live unique experiences, like the Bulgarian main celebrations on March 1st and 3rd.

Through a wide array of workshops, the participants will learn how to make cosmetics with rose petals, yogurt, wine, slivovitza (a popular plums brandy), local recipes, great chocolate, crafts, as well as to participate in professional meeting, while enjoying awesome landscapes, old civilisations sites and iconic places of the communist creativity.

An opportunity to recommend Bulgaria as an essencial destination for the emerging creative tourism market.  

Read the program

Places are limited. A selection will be made from the first application forms. 


Christmas Creative Tourism Program in Loulé (Portugal)

LouléCriativo (Algarve, South Portugal) highlights for the quality of its creative tourism offer.  

All the experiences proposed are carefully co-created by the locals and the tourists, and supported by the professional team depending on the Municipality. 

The activities are permantently renewed and this time, the visitors will have the chance to discover the local culture through workshops, related to the christmas regional traditions.

Couldn't be a  more meaningful kind of tourism! See the program


Workshop on management of the creative tourism 

within the Master in Innovation of Tourism Management -CETT – Barcelona

Course and workshop on management of the creative tourism given last October 24th in Barcelona by Caroline Couret from the Creative Tourism Network® in the framework of the Master in Innovation of Tourism Management of CETT – UB Formació i Recerca en Hoteleria, Turisme i Gastronomia .

Congratulations to the almost 50 students from China, Vietnam, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, the United States, Russia, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Holland, ... for their creativity in designing innovative tourist projects!  Read more


Course on Creative Tourism Development

for cultural managers

International University of Catalonia (UIC)

The creative tourism aroused the interest of the students of the Master in Culture Management within the framework of the course given by the Creative Tourism Network(R) at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona. Coming from all part of the world, they incorporated this new concept to their professional projects. 


Interview with Marie-Claude Gamache

about Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Creative Village (Quebec)

One of the success stories of the creative tourism is the one of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. This village of 3,374 citizens, located at one hour from the city of Quebec (Canada), has found in the creative tourism the way of operating a turn over for the destination by co-creating a new brand with locals and tourists, which attract the new generation of travellers. With the IPAC - Institute of Cultural Heritage Summer School of the University of Laval, as a starting point, the project quickly developed thanks to the involvement of the local government and stakeholders. To know futher about this unique venture, we have met its coordinator, Marie-Claude Gamache who orchestrates the project in the master hand. Read the interview


Creative Cities, Sustainable Tourism, Heritage,  

The creative tourism, an ally for your application ...

Whether you are currently applyinig for responsible tourism grants, creative cities programs, or cooperation funds, be sure that the creative tourism can provide sustainable and innovative contents to your projects. 

Please feel free to  contact us for further informations or documents. 


Good news for T.O.,

Travel Agencies and members of CTN

In addition of the guarantee to propose tourist experiences that have been designed by experts in creative tourism, the tour operators and travel agencies that will include offers from our destinations members will benefit special visibility through the Creative Tourism Network®'s channels.


Why being member of the Creative Tourism Network® ?

For many - and good - reasons, among them:

• To launch or foster your creative tourism program thanks to the assessment, communication and press services of the Network.

• To belong to a Network whose common denominator is the excellence to promote a new kind of tourism based on quality and authenticity...

We have created new membership categories to fit your needs. Please, find further details here, or feel free to contact us at  info@creativetourismnetwork.org