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Seminar on "Culture, Tourism and Development”

22 October 2013
| J. Sorosh-Wali

4th seminar of the UNESCO Chair "Culture, Tourism and Development” and the UNITWIN-UNESCO network "Culture, Tourism and Development”.

Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne / IREST - EIREST / Association des biens français du patrimoine mondial / ICOMOS France / World Heritage Centre / Convention France-UNESCO 

This 4th seminar seeks to analyze the various modalities of reconciling interests between visitors and local residents in World Heritage sites. Tourism development has been accompanied and led by the residents in several World Heritage sites. But in other cases it has been conducted without their actual involvement. While in some sites tourism guarantees better ownership of the local economy by the residents, including the most deprived citizens, in other cases tourism is a factor that degrades their living conditions, or even increases their exclusion. What are the conditions of a successful (cultural, economic, social) integration of local populations in tourism development and enhancement at a World Heritage site? While the Budapest Declaration on World Heritage of 2002 adopted by the World Heritage Committee put strong emphasis on the involvement of local communities in the management of World Heritage properties, what are the means for better governance allowing local communities to become stakeholders in the local tourism development? What initiatives, taken by local actors, site managers, local residents and tourists allow the development of tourism projects taking into account the needs and expectations of the different groups? At a time when activities like greeters or ambassadors develop, how can residents and tourists unite their interests with or without the mediation of tourism and heritage stakeholders?

This event will bring together site managers of World Heritage sites in France and other countries for two round table discussions.

The first Round Table will focus on the initiatives led by local communities that aim at involving different stakeholders in tourism development in World Heritage sites. Providing an overview of major challenges and problems faced by the tourism and heritage stakeholders in the management of the relationship between visitors and residents, and discuss appropriate solutions. What are the conditions for good tourism governance taking into account the interests of the residents?

The second Round Table will focus on the initiatives lead by residents and local communities that aim at promoting tourism development and ensuring coexistence between visitors and local populations. What is the reaction of residents on the development of tourism? What actions (individual, partnership, associative) are planned to enable them to better participate - or participate differently in local tourism development? How sustainable are these projects? And what is their added value for visitors?

This one-day event is aimed at different audiences: local stakeholders of the World Heritage sites, experts and managers of heritage and tourism; elected representatives; researchers, academics; postgraduates, students; journalists, etc.

Working language: French

Free access subject to availibility

Inscription by e-mail : maria.gravari-barbas@wanadoo.fr

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Journée d’étude Touristes et Habitants Sites du patrimoine mondial Culture Tourisme Développement Convention France-UNESCO


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

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Room XI, UNESCO Headquarter, Paris