Cultural Tourism and Urban Development

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Cultural Tourism has the power to unite individuals and communities. It is also a resource to attract people to get involved to preserve and value cultures and civilizations.

Tourism is a rapidly growing economic sector, both within the country or region and around the world. Cultural tourism accounts for 40 % of world tourism revenues. These have a direct positive impact on generating decent work and economic growth.

Cultural heritage that is carefully managed attracts tourism investment in a sustainable way, involving local communities without damaging heritage areas. Tourism can have positive and lasting effects on our cultural and natural heritage, on creativity and cultural diversity, as well as on the environment and balance of societies.

Dialogue among cultures and development, may be reached, if decision-makers and actors in tourism and culture, the societies hosting tourists and the tourists themselves, develop respectively, policies and attitudes resulting from an understanding of the complex relations between tourism and culture, in the light of the conventions, declaration and texts of the United Nations adopted in the fields of culture and sustainable development.

Thus, cultural tourism has an important role to play:

  •  facilitating dialogue among cultures;
  • building peace;
  • making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
  • strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage to bring it within reach of all;
  • making cultures and civilizations better known;
  • improving daily living conditions and reducing poverty.

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