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World Heritage and Tourism, managing the local and the global

The first international congress of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network "Culture, Tourism, Development".

The first international congress of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network "Culture, Tourism, Development" (2-4 June 2010) has took place in Quebec City (Canada).

The Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Rimini Campus is an active member of the Network linked to the UNESCO Chair "Culture, Tourism, Development" of the Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne University.

The event has been jointly organised by the Laval University, by the Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne University and by the Leeds Metropolitan University.

During three days and in more than 40 parallel sessions, 175 participants from 43 countries have exchanged about the most actual issues concerning the management of tourism in World Heritage Sites: monitoring indicators for management plans, control strategies of tourism flows, managing conflicts in the use of sites, the role of the local communities, NIT for discovering these emblems of our common heritage, etc.

The scientific board of the conference is composed by twenty members of the Network’s partner Universities. Among them three of the Alma Mater permanent staff: Dallari Fiorella - Associate Prof. - Dep. of History, responsible for the UNITWIN Network at the Bologna University; Mariotti Alessia - Assistant Prof. - Dep. of History; Calanca Daniela - Assistant Prof. - Dep. of History.

The scientific board has examined over 300 abstracts refusing nearly 40% of them.
Considering the quality and quantity of the paper presented, the Network’s members are evaluating the possibility of editing a book series and several volumes with an important international publisher.

This first congress has allowed the participants, both academics and professionals of tourism management in World Heritage Sites, to debate and exchange about different methodological and scientific approaches, overcoming languages, cultural or religious obstacles, according to the goals of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network "Culture, Tourism, Development": to support the cooperation between universities in the field of education, research, documentation and expertise in order to help knowledge transfer for poverty reduction through tourism sustainable development.

The interest raised by theories, methods and tools for tourism management in "heavy" heritage contexts, has decided the Network’s members to multiply its meetings: there will be every two years one workshop and one international congress.

The next meetings will be:

  • workshops in Haifa (Israel, 1-3 June 2011)
  • workshops in Soussa (Tunisia 4-6 June 2013)
  • international congresses in Libreville (Gabon 29 -31 May 2012)
  • international congresses in Barcelona (Spain, 3-5 June 2014).