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    • ATLAS City and National Capital Tourism Special Interest GroupATLAS Cultural Tourism Special Interest GroupCreative Tourism NetworkExpert Meeting on Alternative and Creative tourism in citiesJune 13th-14th, 2013, BarcelonaCall for abstractsAs cities increasingly engage in a competitive struggle for attention, community cohesion andinward investment, they are trying to distinguish themselves through the development ofdistinctive products and experiences based on ‘alternative’ and ‘creative’ forms of tourism. Inmany cases the growth of mass cultural tourism in cities has increased the flow of tourists tofringe areas in the suburbs or in the inner city, where attractive alternative ‘scenes’ havedeveloped. Examples include DUMBO in Brooklyn or Hoxton in London. These developmenthave been signalled in a number of studies, but so far there has been no structured overview ofthe field.The aim of this expert meeting, therefore, is to bring together an international group of scholars toconsider the issues raised by alternative and creative tourism development in cities, and to thinkabout the ways that these might develop in future. The group welcome theoretical andspeculative contributions to the debate, as well as empirical studies that can further ourknowledge and understanding of the phenomenon. A selection of papers on creative tourism canbe downloaded from, and a recentspecial issue on creative tourism is also available from the open access journal Journal ofTourism Consumption and Practice ( of abstractsWe therefore invite papers related to the development and marketing of alternative and creativeforms of tourism in cities. These may include both theoretical and applied approaches. Themesexpected to be covered during the event include:  Alternative tourism, on and off the beaten track  New tourism areas in cities  Creative tourism development and marketing  Alternative events  Ethnic quarters and creativity  Alternative and creative gastronomy  Alternative accommodation as creative strategy (design apartments, couchsurfing, house swapping, etc)  Critiques and empirical evaluations of creative development strategies
    • The Expert Meeting is designed as a small-scale event for researchers to present and discusstheir work with colleagues. Participation in the meeting is subject to approval of an abstract andpreparation of a draft version of the paper prior to the meeting. Selected papers will then bepublished in an edited volume.Please submit an abstract of your proposed submission (maximum 300 words) to Greg Richardsat the Centre for Leisure and Tourism Research (CeLToR) in the Netherlands( by 17th of December 2012. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited todevelop a paper for presentation at the conference. Papers are due for submission by April 30th2013. Papers received will be considered for publication in an edited book and/or journal specialissue.Conference venueThe meeting will be organised locally by Creative Tourism Network®(, and we will be sampling a range of alternative meetingvenues and creative experiences in and around Barcelona. Accommodation options will alsoinclude products from alternative and creative tourism providers in the city.Conference feeThe fee for ATLAS members is €150, and for non-members €200. This covers all meetingsessions, coffee breaks, lunches and materials.Conference committeeGreg Richards, Tilburg University, the NetherlandsMelanie Smith, Budapest Business School, HungaryRobert Maitland, Centre for Tourism Research, University of Westminster, UKCaroline Couret, Creative Tourism Network®