Mapping intangibilities in creative tourism territories through tangible objects: a methodological approach for developing creative tourism offers


  • Sónia Moreira Cabeça University of Algarve - ESGHT
  • Alexandra Rodrigues Gonçalves CIEO | Centro de Investigação sobre Espaço e Organizações – Universidade do Algarve
  • João Filipe Marques CIEO | Centro de Investigação sobre Espaço e Organizações – Universidade do Algarve
  • Mirian Tavares CIEO | Centro de Investigação sobre Espaço e Organizações – Universidade do Algarve


Cultural mapping, emotional and intangible cultural mapping, objects, creative tourism, CREATOUR Project


How can individuals express their perceptions of local places through valued objects and links to their area? Can objects create narratives about places’ identity and collect significant cultural information that connect people to local spaces? Can cultural mapping thus be a useful tool in the design of creative tourist offers? To address these questions, the CREATOUR project organised a series of idea laboratories with various entities that provide creative tourism experiences. The goal was to approach cultural mapping through objects as a way for regional actors to discover what is ‘so special’ about their places and link tourism offers with the communities in which they take place. These exercises led participants to discuss their region’s importance and idiosyncrasies, providing evidence of cultural mapping’s significant role in producing more sustainable offers and better overall destination marketing. Mapping intangibilities through tangible objects helps capture what gives meaning to particular places.

Author Biography

  • Sónia Moreira Cabeça, University of Algarve - ESGHT

    CIEO | Centro de Investigação sobre Espaço e Organizações – Universidade do Algarve


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Mapping intangibilities in creative tourism territories through tangible objects: a methodological approach for developing creative tourism offers. (2019). Tourism & Management Studies, 15(1SI), 42-49.

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