ESRT and UNESCO sign Collaborative Agreement to support sustainable tourism in Viet Nam
Ha Noi, 19 October - A Collaborative Agreement has been signed today between the EU-funded Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme in Viet Nam (ESRT) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative Office in Viet Nam.
The main purpose of this Agreement is to establish a framework for cooperation between ESRT and UNESCO within which the two parties can assist each other in the implementation of common activities to support and promote sustainable tourism development in the country.
Following the signing of this Agreement, a number of activities at provincial and national level will be conducted throughout 2013-2014, such as a Professional Guide Training with the aim of expanding and formalizing the Heritage Specialist Guide programme for all World Heritage sites in Viet Nam. Within this programme, ESRT will incorporate the Heritage Specialist Guide Modules and certification into the VTOS/VTCB system, while UNESCO will develop training materials and standards, including the Site Modules for Viet Nam’s seven World Heritage sites.
Other activities to be jointly undertaken by ESRT and UNESCO include improvement of quality visitor information centres in key tourism destinations to connect visitors with local communities; standardizing visitor satisfaction surveys and supporting tourism industry’s data systems; diversifying tourism services and products; supporting visitor management plans at selected sites; and an educational programme on environmental and conservation capacity building.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ms. Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, said: “UNESCO Ha Noi and ESRT have individually been very active in building capacity for and promoting sustainable tourism development in Viet Nam over the last few years. This is absolutely an important step to consolidate recourses of both parties for mutual goals and objectives. At the same time, this event could just be the very first step to bring all tourism related donor-funded project initiatives in Viet Nam together so that successful practices and toolkits will be shared and lessons learned will be shared and replicated exchanged on a larger scale”.
For further information, please contact:
Duong Bich Hanh
Culture Programme Coordinator
UNESCO Ha Noi Office
Tel: (84 4) 3747 0275
Truong Nam Thang
Human Resources Development Manager
Environmentally & Socially Responsible Tourism
Capacity Development Programme (ESRT)
Tel: (84 4) 373 49356
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