From Sept. 8-Oct. 2, Santa Fe, N.M. will host the Santa Fe International Conference on Creative Tourism — the first United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative cities conference of its kind in North America — bringing together creative tourism founders and experts to teach attendees how to develop creative tourism as an economy booster in their home communities.
Creative tourism is best describes as any form of tourism that actively engages travelers in a community’s traditions, arts and heritage. This particular conference was developed to teach communities how to increase economic development, job growth and cultural preservation via creative tourism.
UNESCO hopes to attract creative entrepreneurs, city and urban planners, tourism professionals, community leaders, municipal economists, creative industry developers, educators, cultural experts and artists to the event. Scheduled attendees include Charles Landry, executive director for HandMade in America and Becky Anderson, founder and president of Partners for Livable Communities.
During the conference, delegates will have a chance to engage in activities unique to Santa Fe’s culture, from preparing local cuisine at the Santa Fe School of Cooking to creating pastel and watercolor paintings in workshops led by the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.
Registration for the conference, which is hosted by the city of Santa Fe and the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, is available online.
Santa Fe International Conference on Creative Tourism