Heritage Tourism

Heritage tourism helps make historic preservation economically viable by using historic structures and landscapes to attract and serve travelers. Heritage tourism can be an attractive economic revitalization strategy, especially as studies have consistently shown that heritage travelers stay longer and spend more money than other kinds of travelers. As an added bonus, a good heritage tourism program improves the quality of life for residents as well as serving visitors.

Sustainable Tourism On-Line

Heritage managers are increasingly expected to use tourism as a source of revenue to maintain heritage properties. Many of these individuals and organisations have little or no skills in business/tourism planning or financial management. This report outlines approaches that can assist with the development of heritage tourism across a region including use of a thematic framework to link heritage places, stories and practices together. The report includes a list of currently available resources at the time of publication of this report.

Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Review of Development Assistance and Its Potential to Promote Sustainability

The objective of this report on Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage is to present the state of the art of knowledge, experiences and best practices from different multi- and bilateral agencies that have worked with this issue. The report draws on experience from sites and destinations around the world, including many that are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Principles of Sustainable Heritage Tourism

The following principles (developed by the Australian Heritage Commission) have been derived from the international and national context of sustainable practice in both tourism and heritage. They recognize that much of the groundwork has already been developed in international and national guidelines, charters and best-practice documents in both the tourism and heritage fields.

Ecotourism, Sustainable Development , Heritage Tourism, Sustainable/Responsible Tourism, Cultural Tourism, Rural Development, Environment and Development, Geography, Nomadic/Indigenous People, Development studies

Tourism and Sustainability: An Archaeological Park as a Tool for Local Sustainable Development

Green Loons

Ecotourism travel focuses on the discovery of a natural or wildlife habitat in a manner that maximizes local economic and social goals, and reduces the possibility of environmental degradation. It is about preserving ecosystems, educating visitors about conservation, empowering localities, operating sustainable tourist attractions – and, most of all, having fun and unique family experiences! Greenloons defends the principles of ecotourism in that it should:

  • Support the conservation of natural areas and wildlife
  • Minimize air and water pollution as well as tourist waste
  • Offer safe and enriching or educational visitor experiences
  • Respect the cultural tradition of the host destination
  • Maintain and enhance the landscape so as to avoid physical or environmental degradation
  • Efficiently use scarce or non-renewable resources, and
  • Maximize opportunities for local prosperity for the host destination in the form of long-term economic viability for tourism, local management control, quality employment, local retention of visitor spending, and fair distribution of economic and social benefits.

Greenloons only lists ecotour operators that have dedicated nature and wildlife tours, established energy and wildlife conservation policies, commitment to host destination economic prosperity, and adherence to environmental standards as set forth by recognized third parties.

Eco-Trips and Travel: What is Ecotourism?

The International Ecotourism Society

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.

World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme

For the past 40 years the UNESCO World Heritage Convention has conserved, protected and presented the Outstanding Universal Value of our shared heritage. World Heritage properties are important travel destinations, that if managed properly, have great potential impact for local economic development and long-term sustainability. The UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme represents a new approach based on dialogue and stakeholder cooperation where planning for tourism and heritage management is integrated at a destination level, the natural and cultural assets are valued and protected, and appropriate tourism developed.

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