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Carlos Fernandes, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Tourism Studies at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University (USA), Master´s at Rutgers University (USA) and Ph.D. at Bournemouth University (UK). His interests include tourism destination management, tourism innovation and tourism as a development strategy for rural areas. In the last few years, he has conducted research and/or consultancy within various special interest areas, including events management, cultural and creative tourism, gastronomy, and religious tourism and pilgrimage. He is course leader of the B.A. in Tourism (UNWTO Tedqual certified) and lecturer in the M.A. in Innovative Tourism Development. Cooperated in UNWTO activities including “training the trainer” courses in Africa and with the Council of Europe for training on alternative tourism and regional development. Researcher at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD) at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal. Carlos is Grand Master of the Confraternity of the Gastronomes of Minho, in Northern Portugal, member of the board of the Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) and external expert for the Platform European Region of Gastronomy. A member of the editorial board of various tourism related scientific journals and book editor of the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage.