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UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards

Call for Entries: 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

20 FEBRUARY, 2017, BANGKOK,– Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The Awards recognize the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored or conserved structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. The Awards emphasize the importance of the conservation process, including the technical achievements and quality of the restoration, as well as its social impact, including community involvement in the project. By UNESCO Bangkok. To find out more please click here.

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Don’t let a picture book become the only memory of our Heritage

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3 September 2015: CEO Blog – By the time you have read this article I will have added Slovenia to my list of countries visited. This will be my 66th country visited towards my goal of 100+.

One of my greatest pleasures when travelling is to visit heritage and cultural sites. Even when I travel for business to a new destination, I always try my best to squeeze in some time to go explore and find little treasures that will create ever-lasting memories in my mind.

I find myself very fortunate for all the wonders that I have seen and hope that my children and future generations will be as privileged as I have been. This is why every time I read about a heritage site being destroyed by radicals, a force of nature, or voluntarily by governments or the private sector to create space for modern structures, it deeply saddens me. I believe we all have a duty to protect and preserve our heritage so that our past can be remembered and shared with the world.

To the developing countries that have colonial heritage sites and to those who have ancient towns or relics, I pray that you take the necessary steps to preserve what travellers may have not yet seen or enjoyed. I pray you recognise the value of these historical assets that your ancestors have left. I pray that you have the wisdom to see that these may offer you an opportunity to build a tourism economy that would sustain communities and preserve peace.

To those who purposely destroy our heritage for financial gain, hate or any other reasons, I have pity on you for not recognising how much you are hurting your country and communities.

I have an old picture book representing English colonial “Maison Bourgeoise” from my hometown of Montreal that I cherish very much. The book features houses that were for most part destroyed to make space for shopping malls and office towers. I know that many fellow residents of Montreal now regret not having preserved them. They now realise that they could have converted them into museums, hotels, restaurants, luxury shops, etc., which would have helped increase the attractiveness of the city and increase tourism.

There are many destinations around the world that have experienced the same thing and so many that are currently facing the very same dilemma. I hope that governments and private sector organisations involved in tourism recognise the historical assets they hold and that together they are able to protect them for future generations to enjoy.

We at PATA are prepared to help in any way we can and offer the full backing of the organisation where and when necessary.

Let us preserve our past and ensure that dusty picture books do not become the only memory we leave to our future generations.

 

Till next time,

 

Mario Hardy

Chief Executive Officer

Pacific Asia Travel Association

 

 

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Tourism as Part of Integrated Development Planning and Nature Conservation in Vietnam

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Location: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

Partners: PNKB National Park, Tourism Administration Office of Quang Binh DoCST, Provincial People’s Committee

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Learning Markets and Indigenous Tourism: Action Research Pilot of Developing a Learning Markets Cluster and Sample Itinerary in Central Australia

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This project applied and evaluated Participatory Action Research Methodology (PARM) in the context of developing a Learning Markets cluster of Indigenous tourism operators in Central Australia.This led to developing and testing a Learning Markets itinerary establishing links with specialist distribution systems relevant for the Learning Markets sector. It was expected that this would allow building the capacity of local Indigenous tourism operators to understand, service and capitalise on this specialist market sector in the future

by Joc Schmiechen, Diana James  and Pascal Tremblay

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Learning Markets and Indigenous Tourism: Action Research Pilot of Developing a Learning Markets Cluster and Sample Itinerary in Central Australia

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UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture gathers Ministers of Tourism and Culture for the first time

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Over 900 participants, including over 45 Ministers and Vice Ministers of Tourism and Culture, international experts, speakers and guests from 100 countries, gathered at the UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore and advance new partnership models between tourism and culture. Read more.

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The objective of the research was to develop a ‘Story Audit Tool’ to be used in the field with Indigenous people and other key informants to collect local stories for use in tourism enterprises and marketing; establish a prototype Intellectual Property agreement for commercial tourism for the use of images, film and written accounts of local Indigenous stories in tourism; and critically review the Story Audit Tool as applied in the pilot projects at Groote Eylandt and Hermannsburg.

by Diana James and Joc Schmiechen

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Enriching the Experience: An Indigenous Tourism Story Audit Tool

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This report presents results from visitor surveys conducted in Mungo National Park (NP). The visitor survey was conducted during two periods: the first phase was from 30 June to 22 July 2001, and the second was from 22 September to 14 October 2001. The survey was administered according to two methods: distribution by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers involved in the Discovery Tours program; and distribution through the park visitor centre.

by David Archer and Tony Griffin

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Study of Visitor Use and Satisfaction in Mungo National Park

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The Mt Kosciuszko alpine area is a major ecotourism destination, especially for summer day-walkers to the highest peak on the Australian continent. The popularity of this natural heritage not only vindicates the historical vision for its conservation but has also created a new conservation management imperative.

by Graeme L. Worboys and Catherine M. Pickering

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Managing the Kosciuszko Alpine Area: Conservation Milestones and Future Challenges

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This booklet is an industry summary of the full report, Success Factors in Cultural Heritage Tourism Enterprise Management, containing references, methodology and detailed findings from the  project. The project has identified the critical factors for successfully balancing viable cultural heritage tourism (CHT) enterprises with heritage conservation goals.

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This project sought to identify critical factors for successfully balancing viable cultural heritage tourism (enterprise with heritage conservation goals. Information was gathered from site visits and interviews with operators and cultural heritage managers. The outcomes will be of interest to government agencies and heritage tourism operators in the public and private sector.

by Jack Carlsen, Michael Hughes, Warwick Frost, Celmara Pocock and Vicki Peel

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