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Balancing Tourism and Heritage Conservation: a World Heritage context

Participants at the 2017 Round Table at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (photo: Fanny Cardin-Pilon)
Student session at the 2017 Round Table (photo: Fanny Cardin-Pilon)

The 12th Montreal Round Table (2017), Balancing Tourism and Heritage Conservation: a World Heritage context, examined the subject in the context of the doubling of international tourism arrivals in the last 20 years. Heritage experts, specialists from diverse disciplines, student delegates and academics from Canada, Barbados, United States, France, Japan, United Kingdom and Turkey studied the phenomenon of mass tourism and its impact on the conservation of World Heritage sites. The agenda was structured to present a broad overview of the subject followed by specific sessions on doctrine, academic studies and governmental strategies as well as a case study on balancing tourism and conservation at Venice. The participants encouraged an integrative approach and an open dialogue among all stakeholders. They supported quality products related to the site that will help visitors better understand its meaning. The Proceedings are available in a PDF format