Cultural Travel to Unesco Sites Around the World

You may have seen many of Cultural Travel’s posts of Unesco sites around the world. Unesco designates sites through layered processes of assessing the archeological, cultural, historical and architectural factors that designate significant events, and or places in the world. What is Unesco? Here is an excerpt from their website stating their mission.

UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.

Here is an interesting video on water, and the Irriagtor tribunals in Spain:

 

Recently, Unesco had one of the first conferences in Menorca, Spain.  Why is this important? Because the committees that designate cultural heritage sites bring a significant financial contribution to places where cultural heritage sites exist, however, there is a price paid for such a distinction in the way of these sites being overrun with tourists. Wear and tear on the place itself, as well as not having the right procedures for “care” of archeological sites, is a real concern.

The International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, or ICAHM, hosted its first conference on how to manage the world’s myriad archaeological World Heritage sites. This wildly varied array of places encompasses many of the most celebrated sites of human cultural accomplishment and catastrophe—everything from the pyramids and Roman fortifications to Mongol-era tombs and prehistoric rock art. ICAHM’s key job is to advise the World Heritage Committee about new sites proposed for the famous list. I attended as a guest of the Congress, which paid for my travel.

Cultural travel to Unesco Sites around the World can be a destination driven dream for travel. It is also important to consider that when a place is designated as a cultural heritage site, the site itself might be altered by the sheer mass of people that then go to travel there. The article states that the Scientists who travel to these sites do not get paid, and yet, the econmic boost that a country or a place receives for such a distinction, can be monumental. What are your thoughts? You can read the whole article about Unesco sites at National Geographic’s site  here.  You can go to Unesco’s site here to learn more about Unesco.

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