International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Management at Heritage Sites – Enhancing Inter-Agency and Stakeholder Coordination for Joint Actions


24 March 2008 - 27 March 2008


This Conference was jointly organized by UNWTO and UNESCO in the framework of a strategic collaboration in order to support the implementation of policies aiming at enhancing sustainability at World Heritage Sites that represent emblematic and highly visited tourist destinations. A wide range of case study presentations from the Asia- Pacific region and field visits to World Heritage Sites Mountain Huangshan National Park and Ancient Villages of Xidi and Hongcun facilitated the exchange of experiences through this event. The discussions focused on key management aspects, such as enhancing local community benefits, using interpretation to provide a high quality visitor experience, reducing tourism congestion and mitigating the environmental impacts of tourism.


Deputy Secretary-General presenting at the opening cermony of the "International Conference on World Heritage Sites" (UNWTO/UNESCO/CNTA)


A control center that uses latest camera and GPS technology to monitor the flow of tourists and vehicles throughout the area. (Site visit during the International Conference on World Heritage Sites)


Guides employed at a tourism company, run collectively by the local community at Hongcun Ancient Village. (Site visit during the International Conference on World Heritage Sites)