Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism

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Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism


The International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an advisory body to the UNESCO, celebrated last April 18 World Heritage Day, also called International Day for Monuments and Sites, whose establishment was approved by United Nations on November 26, 1983. World heritage is the shared wealth of humankind, a valuable asset of civilization, a reminder of a nation's rich colorful past.

ICOMOS is the global organization of architects, archaeologists, art historians, geographers, town planners, and anthropologists who apply the theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of architectural and archaeological heritage. ICOMOS Philippines is a member of the council.

The 2017 theme "Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism," was adopted in relation to UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals. It celebrates the positive outcomes of a deepening partnership between sustainable tourism development and cultural heritage conservation. Many countries now rank culture as a priority for sustainable tourism development. Culture, reflected in heritage and traditions as well as in contemporary art, languages, cuisine, music, handicrafts, museums, and literature, helps empower communities, fosters respect among people, and creates uniqueness between destinations.

The day focuses on the need to conserve ancient monuments and sites as cultural legacy and to raise awareness about their diversity, vulnerability, and efforts to protect them from physical and aesthetic damage for peoples' enjoyment, as well as attract investment, regenerate cities, and stimulate global cooperation. …

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