Guidebook for tourism congestion management at natural and cultural heritage sites, a new publication by the World Tourism Organization

Brooks, Graham (2005) Guidebook for tourism congestion management at natural and cultural heritage sites, a new publication by the World Tourism Organization. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

This paper will outline the structure and contents of the new Guidebook, published in January 2005, by the World Tourism Organisation in Madrid. Mr Graham Brooks was the principle author of the Guidebook, working with an international team of experts directed by Jean Louis Luxen. Heritage places inevitably attract high levels of tourism interest and activity. World Heritage listing is almost guaranteed to result in a huge increase in tourism interest. Tourism pressures represent one of the greatest threats to the settings of monuments and sites. The Guidebook represents a major new international tool for the management of tourism activity and the related tourism infrastructure that can easily degrade the setting of a monument or heritage site. The Guidebook was prepared at the request of the international tourism industry, arising from their concern that increasing tourism congestion was adversely affecting the visitor enjoyment and appreciation of heritage sites. The WTO commissioned a team of heritage site experts to prepare the publication, providing a unique opportunity for the heritage industry to develop recommendations for the protection of monuments and their settings in the context of high levels of tourism activity. The proposed paper will outline how the Guidebook was prepared and how it’s primary recommendations can assist those who protect and manage the settings and context of heritage sites and places.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Brooks, Graham
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural tourism; tourism congestion; tourism management; heritage sites; guidebook; World Heritage List; setting; World Tourism Organization (WTO)
Subjects: I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 05. Tourism impact
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 04. Sustainable tourism
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 01. Generalities
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 07. Carrying capacity and visitors flow
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 02. Tourism management
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2010 09:29
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14

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