Guidelines for Sustainable Cultural Tourism (2020)

Authors: Brian Smith and Matthias Ripp
Category: Reference Books
Year: 2020
Language: English

This article is a preprint of a book section for the Organisation of World Heritage Cities from the publication: Luger, K. and Ripp, M: World Heritage, Place Making and Sustainable Tourism – Towards Integrative Approaches in Heritage Management published in autumn 2020. You can pre-order the print version of the complete new book directly at Studien-Verlag.

Post-Covid 19 times as opportunity for change?

“Although sustainability has been part of mainstream thinking on cultural heritage and tourism for some time, delivering sustainable cultural tourism has remained largely aspirational to date, with mass tourism maintaining its dominant role world-wide. Resilience has only more recently entered the discourse in terms of its importance in delivering cultural heritage led tourism but has particular relevance post Covid-19. The guidelines presented here are designed to show how decision makers may openly assess their current approach and begin to scope and develop a clear plan of action for a better, more sustainable and resilient future. The Covid-19 pandemic presents them, and all of us, with a once in a life time opportunity to rise to that challenge and ensure the pandemic cloud can indeed have a silver lining.”

Brian Smith, Secretary General of Heritage Europe, and Matthias Ripp, OWHC Regional Coordinator for Northwest Europe and North America, invite you to rethink the possibilities of change for all negative impacts of mass tourism in our World Heritage cities in a Post-Covid 19 time.