1st Edition

Innovative Cultural Tourism in European Peripheries

    298 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Cultural tourism can play an important role in social and territorial cohesion. Focusing on European peripheral regions, this book illuminates the importance of local communities in heritage management for sustainable development.

    The book provides insights into the use of innovative business models and tools, such as ecosystem services contracts and digital narrative platforms, to enhance the sustainability and economic development of peripheral and marginal destinations. Additionally, the book addresses the value of data collection and analysis in cultural tourism, and provides insights on participatory models and approaches that contribute to sustainable tourism development.

    With contributions from a pan-European range of expert scholars and practitioners, this book serves as an essential resource for researchers, professionals, and anyone with an interest in tourism, and the cultural and creative industries.

    1. Introduction. Visiting the Margins: Innovative Cultural Tourism in European Peripheries

    Karol Jan Borowiecki, Antonella Fresa and José María Martín Civantos 

    2. Tourism as a Tool for Social and Territorial Cohesion: Exploring the Innovative Solutions Developed by INCULTUM Pilots

    Vincent Guichard and Flore Coppin 

    3. Place Branding from Scratch: Naming, Framing, and Finding Campina de Faro

    Viktor Smith and Maximilian Block 

    4. Innovative Business Models for Cultural Tourism: Advancing Development in Peripheral Locations

    Carsten Jacob Humlebæk and Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen 

    5. Navigating Landscapes: Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis in Tourism

    Karol Jan Borowiecki, Maja Uhre Pedersen, Shahedul Alam Khan and Sara Beth Mitchell 

    6. Participatory Models and Approaches in Sustainable Cultural Tourism

    Kamila Borseková and Katarína Vitálišová 

    7. Tourism and Reception of Visitors as a Lever for Inclusiveness and Resiliency of Heritage Communities: Two Case Studies in Hungarian Peripheries

    Eszter György, Gábor Oláh and Gábor Sonkoly 

    8. Participatory Platform for Sustainable Cultural Tourism: The Case of Central Slovakia

    Darina Rojíkova, Kamila Borseková and Alexandra Bitušíková 

    9. Water Heritage and Community-Based Cultural Tourism: The Case of the Algarve’s Coastal Agrarian Plain, in Southern Portugal

    Desidério Batista, Manuela Guerreiro, Miguel Reimão Costa, Bernardete Sequeira, Marisa Cesário and Dora Agapito 

    10. Historical Water Management Systems and Sustainable Cultural Tourism: The Case Study of Altiplano de Granada (Spain)

    José María Martín Civantos, Elena Correa Jiménez and María Teresa Bonet García 

    11. Ancient Paths to the Future: An Integrated Approach to Territorial Communities and Entrepreneurship

    Vincent Guichard and Flore Coppin 

    12. Measuring Rural Tourist Behaviour and Engagement: Inside the Mind of the Visitor

    Sabine Gebert Persson, John Östh, Mikael Gidhagen, Marina Toger and Anna-Carin Nordvall 

    13. Cultural Tourism, Cutting Edge Technologies and Participatory Planning in the Context of Worth-Living Integrated Development

    Vaios Kotsios and Sotiris Tsoukarelis 

    14. Experimental Reconstruction, Cultural Memory and Cultural Tourism: Vlach Minority Heritage in the Upper Vjosa Valley, Southern Albania

    Eglantina Serjani and Ardit Miti 

    15. Community Genealogy as a Tool for Heritage Tourism

    John Tierney, Maurizio Toscano and Amanda Slattery


    Karol Jan Borowiecki is Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Denmark.

    Antonella Fresa is Director of Implementations at Promoter srl, Vice-president of Photoconsortium International Association and contracted professor of Tourism Science at University of Pisa, Italy.

    José María Martín Civantos is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Granada, Spain.