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Tourism sector

- contributing local resilience & sustainability

The tourism sector, employing people across visitor services such as accommodation, food and beverage, transportation and attractions, has contributed towards the economic development in many communities hosting World Heritage. Where intentionally managed, tourism has been made to benefit protection of World Heritage. 

Commercialization of natural and cultural heritage has enabled the tourism to grow into one of the worlds largest economic sectors. This growth has many places come at the cost of maintaining less profitable, often traditional, economic activities. Increasing dependency on tourism generated revenues and outsourced tourism services has weakened the social and economic fabric and hence community resilience and sustainability.

Responsibilities of the tourism sector in relation to World Heritage and tourism includes to:

  • work with World Heritage property managers to help protect the heritage values (OUV)
  • recognize and engage in shared responsibility to sustain World Heritage properties as tourism resources
  • work on authentic presentation and quality experiences.

Cnf. Policy guidelines defining the relationship between World Heritage and sustainable tourism (2010)

World Heritage Catalysis seeks to be a platform where World Heritage stakeholders, including the tourism sector stakeholders can come together in the shared intention to strengthen resilience, adaptive and transformative capacities.

Featured resources

Below resources are examples of relevant online products, services and projects availed through The Hub.

HTG 7 - Add value through products, experiences and services

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HTG 5 - Communicate with visitors

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Hub Store

Community

Club

$XXX/y*

This plan will be available to tourism sector stakeholders

The Club

  • Organisation's profile in the member directory
  • Access to Catalysts
  • Access to discussion forum

The Hub

  • 10% off resources in Hub Store
  • Access to regularly hosted live discussions
  • Crowdsourcing function

WHETS (in development)

  • Organisation WHETS account
  • Access to WHETS marketplace
  • The ability to post needs and wants
  • The opportunity to use ₩ (time credits) towards resources availed through WHETS marketplace and Hub Store
  • Record of hours contributed towards community
Join community

Catalyst

$XXXX/y*

This plan will be available to National Tourism Offices (NTOs) and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs)

The Club

  • Organisation's profile in the member directory
  • Access to Catalysts
  • Access to discussion forum

The Hub 

  • 10% off resources in Hub Store
  • Access to regularly hosted live discussions
  • Crowdsourcing function

WHETS (in development)

  • Organisation WHETS account
  • Access to WHETS marketplace
  • The ability to post needs and wants
  • The opportunity to use ₩ (time credits) towards resources availed through WHETS marketplace and Hub Store
  • Record of hours contributed towards community
Join community

Partner

$

This plan is negotiated upon identified opportunities for collaboration.

Partners does not have to be directly involved in heritage or tourism, but should one way or the other have something to offer of interest to World Heritage stakeholders.

Current partners

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