UNWTO / UNESCO Silk Road Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy Project

UNWTO / UNESCO Silk Road Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy Project

Русский - Разработка стратегии туризма ЮНЕСКО/ЮНВТО для Коридоров наследия Шелкового пути 

Following the successful launch during the 3rd UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting held last March at ITB Berlin 2013, the UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Road Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy Project is now underway. 

UNWTO and UNESCO, together with heritage and tourism experts from the five participating countries, are developing a comprehensive and sustainable Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy focused on two heritage corridors crossing five countries: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

On 22 June 2014, the World Heritage Committee inscribed a section of the Silk Roads network submitted by Kyrgyzstan, China and Kazakhstan on the World Heritage List. The Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor stretches 5,000 kilometres from Chang’an/Luoyang, the central capital of China in the Han and Tang Dynasties, to the Zhetysu  Region of Central Asia. To learn more, please click here.

The joint UNESCO/ UNWTO strategy, which addresses the overarching principles of sustainable growth, community development, heritage management and conservation, follows years of ground-breaking research carried out by UNESCO, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and University College London (UCL).

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Set priority projects for developing tourism and safeguarding heritage across the Corridors
  • Guarantee a balanced approach between site-conservation and site-promotion
  • Identify strategic opportunities for economic growth and job creation
  • Outline the different components of the project while demonstrating their inter-dependence
  • Promote maximum engagement from all relevant stakeholders
  • Provide a step-by-step picture of how this wide-ranging project will be implemented

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