2021-02-01 ‘Tourism & World Heritage Sites: Better Synergies’ – PART I

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DEBATE ON TOURISM AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO HERITAGE CONSERVATION AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

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Tourism is often perceived as a threat to conservation of World Heritage. In fact, tourism is a platform and a vehicle for presenting heritage to the public, conserving it and guaranteeing its economic and social viability. Hence, tourism is in most cases a balancing mechanism that keeps and protects the heritage itself.

The main premise of the TOURISM theme within the OurWorldHeritage initiative is that defining the key principles of Heritage-Tourism reciprocal relations is imperative. Both tourism and heritage sites are exposed nowadays to critical exogenic and endogenic changes. Among these challenges are the ramifications of COVID-19, and the consequent global economic and social crises. Hence, we argue that it is imperative to conceptually and practically pave a way for a major review of these interrelationships. In so doing, we hope to deconstruct old concepts and reconstruct a new collaborative paradigm based on present challenges and on constructive and complementing synergies, which will assure the continuity and resilience and sustainability of heritage and tourism alike.


Follow up sessions:
Monday, February 8th, 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 (UTC+1) on ZOOM
Monday, February 15th, 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 (UTC+1) on ZOOM