UNWTO International Conference on Heritage Tourism: How do we Foster, Present and Preserve World Treasures?
Cultural and natural heritage are key to tourism. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre defines heritage as “our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritages are irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” The concept of heritage has widened past tangible heritage (museums, historic sites, landscapes) into daily life and community memory, or intangible heritage (UNWTO, Communicating Heritage - A Handbook for the Tourism Sector, 2011). More than 1,000 natural and cultural heritage sites are inscribed on the World Heritage List and nearly 400 are inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. At times, communities do not realize the full potential for their own history and heritage to serve as high-value attractions and tourism resources.
The UNWTO International Conference on Heritage Tourism will provide a forum for the tourism industry, governments, academia, representatives of local communities, and international organizations to present global best practices to foster, present and preserve the world’s treasures.
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Ms. Junko Yoshida, UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific
Session 1: Compatibility of Preservation and Utilization
Dr. Donald Hawkins, Professor, George Washington University and UNWTO Advisor
Dr. Mounir Bouchenaki, Director, UNESCO Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage
Session 2: Refinement of Tourism Resources
Mr. Yoshinori Ochi, Director and Secretary General, Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA)
Mr. Masato Takemoto, Office Chief, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau
Dr. Amareswar Galla, Professor, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland & Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/India
Session 3: Sustainable Utilization
Dr. Jordi Tresserras Juan, Director, Laboratory of Heritage, Cultural Tourism and Creativity (LABPATC), University of Barcelona
HE SOK Sangvar, Deputy Director General, APSARA National Authority, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Mr. Satoshi Nagasaki, Director of Tourism Resources Division, MLIT-JTA
Programme (English and Japanese)