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1997 – Evora, Portugal

Tourism and World Heritage Cities - Challenges and Opportunities

1997: More than 500 participants at the 4th International Symposium in Evora (Portugal)

The 4th International Symposium of World Heritage Cities held in Evora, Portugal from September 17 to 20 gathered, in addition to 500 participants, many international institutions such as UNESCO, the World Bank, the World Tourism Organization, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the European Council and the Getty Conservation Institute. “Tourism and World Heritage Cities – Challenges and Opportunities” was the subject of discussions. After only 4 years of existence, the OWHC has reached a world standing through its status such as “Observer member on the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Council of Europe” and also a “Non-Governmental Organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations”. Furthermore, the agreement UNESCO-OWHC signed on September 6, 1997 confirms the Organization’s association with UNESCO and their joint efforts regarding the World Heritage cities.

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