Cultural Tourism

To create a discerning type of tourism that takes account of other people’s cultures

Cultural Tourism

    It is a well-known fact that tourism can be a deadly foe as much as a firm friend in the matter of development. Considering the economic might of the tourist industry—now regarded as the biggest in the world ahead of automobiles and chemicals—careful attention should be paid to this many-sided phenomenon with its global repercussions. The impact of tourism is such that progressive strategies are vitally needed in order to prepare the ground for genuinely progressive international, regional and local strategies.

    It is UNESCO’s intention to assist the 191 Member States in preparing their policies while reconsidering the relationship between tourism and cultural diversity, tourism and intercultural dialogue, and tourism and development. In this way, the Organization proposes to contribute to the fight against poverty, protection of the environment and mutual appreciation of cultures.

    Pilot projects in the world:

     

    Tourism, Culture and Development in West Africa
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    Innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the Aral Sea Basin
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    First Meeting of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism and Development”
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    Revised Plan of Action for International Co-operation on Tourism management in Heritage Cities
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    Second Meeting of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network « Culture, Tourism and Development »
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    Innovative Policies for Heritage Safeguarding and Cultural Tourism Development
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    The Sahara of cultures and people: towards a strategy for the sustainable development of tourism in the Sahara, in the context of combating poverty
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    WTO global code of ethics on tourism
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    World Summit on Eco-Tourism held in Quebec
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    Workshop on Sustainable Tourism Development in World Heritage Sites: Planning for Hue
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    UNESCO Vision and Activities on "Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development"
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    Tourism, culture and development in the Arab region: supporting culture to develop tourism, developing tourism to support culture
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    The Sahara of cultures and men
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    Strategy for sustainable tourism development in the Sahara
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    Plan of action of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity
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    L'etica del turismo cultural (The Ethics of Cultural Tourism)
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    International Cultural Tourism Charter
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    The Globalization of Tourism
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    Making Tourism Sustainable
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    Towards an ethics of tourism
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    Tourism and Culture: Rethinking the Mix
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    Case study on the effects of tourism on culture and the environment: Nepal
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    Case study on the effects of tourism on culture and the environment: Cambodia
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    Ms Katerina STENOU
    Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue
    Director of Division 
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