28 May 2020,18:00 CET

Participatory tourism is an emerging alternative tourism product that provides unique encounters for tourists to discover, learn and collectively contribute to the local communities they visit. Embodying the concept of heritage communities explored in the recent IE web conference, it is also closely aligned to interpretive principles of first-hand experiences, exchange and accessing deeper meanings. This webinar was focused on a recent experimental EU-funded project to develop a range of participatory tourism products in 8 off-the-beaten-track European destinations. The resulting holiday packages provide an example of the continuing shift from mass-tourism to sustainable leisure on a human scale that satisfies the growing thirst for meaningful experiences.

Sandy Colvine is an IE certified trainer and IE Supervisory Committee member. He specialises in the use of interpretation as a tool for rural economic development and tourism and lives near Montelimar, France.