Cultural heritage for which tourism?

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  • 04/11/2013 at 19:03
  • Cultural heritage for which tourism? Here is the theme chosen for the VII Meeting of the Archaeological Test, appointment now fixed the Mediterranean Fair of Tourism of Paestum Archaeology, organized in collaboration with ICCROM and the Archeo magazine. The meeting aims to propose a framework for discussion between representatives of the cultural heritage and tourism, including the Director-General of ICCROM, Stefano De Caro, the UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, and the newly elected Director of the Heritage Centre world Arab countries, Mounir Bouchenaki, with the heads of the major specialized international specialist magazines. BMTA, Paestum, Early Christian Basilica, Friday, Nov. 15 (15:00 – 18:00).

    Thanks to advances in technology and the strong growth of tourism in recent years, now more than ever, the inhabitants of the planet have traveled so much and “cultures” have meet so much. This makes it more evident the paradox of a cultural heritage that, subject to an ever-expanding demand for tourism, has never been so threatened. If the protection of cultural heritage is primarily the responsibility of national institutions, relationship can be developed with managers and practitioners in the various fields, such as tourism, are based on his knowledge?
    Tourism ranks among the main activities in terms of economic development and, at the same time, it is an important factor of cultural exchanges. It is interesting to note that already in 1969, a publication of UNESCO considered that “the development of tourism (was) one of the relevant factors of the last twenty years, and certainly one of the safest evidence of the progress of civilization”. Later, in 1979, in a joint study of the World Bank and UNESCO in 1979 titled “Tourism: passport to development? Perspectives on economic and social effects of tourism in developing countries”[1] were asking various questions, including the relationship between the correlation between the investment and the resources generated questioned together with other induced effects as the number of visitors, the source of true location or deterioration of monuments. Tourism has been called into question in the context of an approach that focuses on the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in the long term.
    Tourism as a vehicle for dialogue between cultures. Cultural knowledge is not conceived without dialogue, without exchanges: can this be a challenge to be met to which tourism could usefully contribute with new media? Can a better cooperation between tourist operators and cultural institutions respond to the needs of an adequate communication on culture in the context of tourist circuits?

    [1] Tourism: passport to development? Perspectives on the social and cultural effects of tourism in developing countries, a study of the World Bank – UNESCO

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