In this chapter we present practical ideas and potential strategies for developing the use of arts-based methods in creative tourism. Arts-based methods have come to be widely discussed and promoted in various disciplines such as the social sciences, education, and tourism research (Leavy, 2009, 2018; Barone and Eisner, 2012) and their strength is seen in their ability to engage participants’ creative expression and to obtain participation and knowledge that is not verbal. In the fields of art education and community art, the impact of art-based methods is seen on human growth and well-being, the sense of belonging, the enhancement of kinship, empowerment, and the ability to create meaningful symbols (see, for example, Hiltunen and Rantala, 2015). Inspired by this, in this chapter we consider the potential of arts-based methods and creative tourism experiences for enabling learning and transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreative Tourism
Subtitle of host publicationActivating Cultural Resources and Engaging Creative Travellers
EditorsNancy Duxbury, Sara Albino, Cláudia Pato de Carvalho
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781789243567
ISBN (Print)9781789243543, 9781789243536
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • art education
  • Creative tourism
  • sustainable tourism
  • sustainable development
  • art-based action research
  • art-based research
  • revitalisation
  • cultural resilience
  • cultural sustainability

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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