Heritage as a driver for development: Its contribution to sustainable tourism in contemporary society

Brooks, Graham (2012) Heritage as a driver for development: Its contribution to sustainable tourism in contemporary society. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The Paris 2011 ICOMOS Scientific Symposium will explore how Heritage can contribute to and stimulate development in a modern world. Theme 3 - Tourism and Development focuses on the role of heritage in the development of sustainable tourism and on the potential for tourism to be a major factor in building public awareness and support for heritage conservation. The contribution that tourism can make to poverty alleviation, to conservation of the natural and cultural heritage and to overall sustainable development, can be substantial. Tourism and culture are seen as two powerful drivers for growth in many parts of the world. They play a vital role in fostering a greater understanding of the rich diversity of regional cultures. Cultural tourism is an inevitable component of cultural heritage. Tourism has the power to deliver significant earnings for environmental protection, as well as giving economic value to cultural heritage. It is a sector built on bringing people together in order to learn about and understand each other, fostering mutual respect and tolerance. As one of the world’s most powerful economic and social forces, well managed tourism can and does give heritage, both tangible and intangible, a major role in contemporary society, reinforcing cultural identity and diversity as key reference points for development. The tourism sector is well aware of the issues surrounding heritage conservation and its role in contemporary development. Natural and cultural heritage sites are now major components of the world’s tourism assets. The UN World Tourism Organization research demonstrates that interest in the environment, culture and heritage is a primary motivation for more than 50% of travel, and is consistently growing as a market sector. The paper will summarise the contribution of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee and others over the last decade to the development of well managed tourism as a major contemporary force for heritage conservation and human development.

Le Symposium scientifique 2011 de l’ICOMOS à Paris cherchera à étudier comment le patrimoine, dans nos sociétés actuelles, peut contribuer au développement, et le stimuler. Le sous-thème « Développement et tourisme » se penche sur le rôle du patrimoine dans le développement d’un tourisme durable et sur le potentiel du tourisme comme déclencheur d’une prise de conscience globale et comme outil de conservation du patrimoine. L’un des vecteurs sociaux et économiques les plus importants qui soient, le tourisme, bien géré, peut et doit donner au patrimoine matériel ou immatériel un rôle majeur dans nos sociétés, en renforçant l’identité culturelle et la diversité, deux éléments-clé du développement. Le secteur du tourisme est bien conscient des problématiques associées à la conservation du patrimoine et à sa contribution au développement contemporain. Les sites patrimoniaux culturels ou naturels sont aujourd’hui des piliers incontestables du tourisme mondial. Les travaux de l’Organisation Mondiale du Tourisme des Nations Unies ont montré que l’environnement, la culture et le patrimoine sont une source principale de motivation pour plus de 50% des touristes et représentent des marchés en constante expansion. Cette communication analysera les contributions du Comité International de l’ICOMOS sur le Tourisme Culturel et celles d’autres organismes, réalisées au cours des dix dernières années en faveur du développement d’un tourisme convenablement géré en tant que vecteur majeur de conservation du patrimoine et de développement humain.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Brooks, Grahambrooks@bigpond.net.au
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural heritage; Sustainable development; Development; World heritage sites; Tourism; Management; Impact; Protection; Conservation; Enhancement; World heritage conservation; Infrastructure; Preservation; World heritage; Projects; Objectives; Principles; Reports
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 01. Generalities
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 01. Generalities
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 28. World Heritage
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 01. Generalities
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 04. Sustainable tourism
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 05. Tourism impact
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 01. Generalities
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 01. Generalities
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2012 11:08
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2012 11:08
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1207

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