International Day for Monuments and SitesCulture | April 18, 2017, Tuesday @ 10:24| 64 views
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"Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism" is the theme of this year's International Day for Monuments and Sites, observed by the national committees of ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites in 108 countries on Tuesday.
The theme is chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
International Day for Monuments and Sites 2017 offers the opportunity for ICOMOS Committees across the world to celebrate the positive outcomes of a deepening partnership between sustainable tourism development and cultural heritage conservation (as well as referencing the potential negative impacts). On this day - ICOMOS through its National and International Scientific Committees - encourages local communities and individuals to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities, and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it. This is the first time ICOMOS has invited National Committees and International Scientific Committees to share and raise awareness of innovative initiatives and current “best practice” in the field of Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism with their local communities.
"The exponential growth in tourism and particularly cultural tourism has been a major influence in encouraging an ever increasing range and scope of cultural encounters both formal and informal. Cultural exchange is the currency of cultural tourism. Cultural exchange fosters peaceful coexistence and has never been more important in a world beset with insecurities. Changing perceptions of the significance of cultural heritage and cultural values for local people and visitors, sustainable tourism initiatives can empower communities and re-inforce their sense of place, their sense of self-worth and their identities. In turn, visitors return home with their own cultural heritage and cultural values benchmarked against those of others", says ICOMOS.