- contributing local resilience & sustainability
Tourism, by employment the worlds largest industry, is set out for post pandemic recovery. The main economic sectors, including accommodation, food & beverage, transportation and attractions, are determined to recover for the contribution of economic prosperity and lively communities across the world.
Where intentionally managed, tourism has benefited protection of World Heritage. However, commercialisation of natural and cultural heritage has many places come at the cost of maintaining less profitable, often traditional, economic activities. Increasing dependency on tourism generated revenues and outsourced tourism services has weakened the social and economic fabric and hence community resilience and sustainability. This is a complex challenge calling for collaborative efforts and inclusive solutions.
Responsibilities of the tourism sector
World Heritage Catalysis invites you and all tourism stakeholders to join the emerging community of practice coming together in the shared need and intention to strengthen resilience, adaptive and transformative capacity of people and within communities in and around UNESCO World Heritage sites. Irrespective of your role or capacity, your experiences, skills and ideas are important in the co-creation of a new and ideally regenerative development paradigm.