|2006-05-19 - The Hague|
‘Cultural Tourism: Its Encouragement and Control’
EUROPA NOSTRA CULTURAL HERITAGE FORUM
Posta della Redazione
Friday 19 May 2006, St. Julian’s, Malta
Venue: Westin Dragonara Resort
with the support of the European Commission,
Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malta
and the Malta Tourism Authority
On the occasion of its Annual Congress 2006, Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation of Heritage NGOs, in co-operation with Din l-Art Ħelwa, the National Trust of Malta, has organised a Forum on 'Cultural Tourism: Its Encouragement and Control'.
There is an inevitable dichotomy between enjoying the economic, educational and recreational benefits of cultural tourism and the various pressures it places upon the cultural heritage which lies at its heart.
Cultural tourism can bring much needed funds to heritage sites. But its effects can also adversely affect the sites themselves as well as way of life of communities that live near them.
The secret, as always, lies in finding the right balance between economic development and heritage conservation.
The Forum on 'Cultural Tourism: Its Encouragement and Control' will address through a number of presentations and case-studies the issues at stake and ways of resolving the conflicts that cultural tourism poses.
The Forum will be conducted under the distinguished patronage and with the participation of HRH the Prince Consort of Denmark, President of Europa Nostra and the Hon Dr Francis Zammit Dimech, Minister of Tourism and Culture of Malta.
The programme includes the following speakers (in alphabetical order):
Mr Nigel Adams, Head of Policy, Wales Tourist Board and Coordinator of the European Cultural Tourism Network, on ‘The Need for a European Network for Cooperation on Cultural Tourism’
Ms Tricia Barnett, Director, Tourism Concern, on ‘The Disadvantages of Cultural Tourism’
Dr Lester Borley, Council member, Europa Nostra, on ‘Krakow: A Case Study’
Mr Tiago Cunha, member of the cabinet of European Commissioner Jon Borg responsible for Maritime Affairs, on ‘The importance of maritime heritage for European maritime policy’
Professor Carlos Fernandes, Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestáo, on ‘Porto: A case study’
Professor Frans Schouten, Professor of Tourism, Breda University, on ‘The Benefits of Cultural Tourism’
Mr Martin Scicluna, Council Member, Europa Nostra, summarising the day’s discussion under the title ‘Drawing the threads together'
Dr Mario Tabone, Chairman, Heritage Malta, on ‘Malta: A case study’
Professor Michel Thomas-Penette, Director, the European Institute for Cultural Routes, on ‘The Importance of Cultural Tourism in Developing the European Identity’
Contact for more information :
Europa Nostra International Secretariat
Tamara van Kessel
Lange Voorhout 35, NL-2514 EC The Hague
T: +31 70 302 40 53
F: +31 70 361 78 65
Boat trip and Dinner on 19 May 2006
Participants in the Forum can register for a boat trip to Grand Harbour and Vittoriosa, arriving at Valletta, followed by a seated dinner at the Sacra Infermeria, offered by Hon. Dr. Francis Zammit Dimech, Minister for Tourism and Culture of Malta.
Departure from the Westin Dragonara Resort at 19.00 hours and return at 23.30 hours
Cultural Visits on Saturday 20 May 2006
Participants in the Forum can also take part in a special cultural excursion on Saturday 20 May 2006, arranged by Din l-Art Ħelwa and comprising visits t
The Upper Barakka Gardens – St. James’ Cavalier – St. John’s Co-Cathedral – “The Malta Experience” – The Msida Bastion Historic Garden of Rest – Ħaġar Qim – Kordin III
The day will close with a concert followed by a reception at the Auberge d’Aragon, hosted by Hon. Dr. Tonio Borg, Deputy Prime Minister of Malta
Departure from the Westin Dragonara Resort at 09.00 hours and return at 23.00 hours