ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Charter

ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Charter – Managing Tourism at Places of Heritage Significance, adopted by ICOMOS General Assembly, Mexico, 1999, identifies the mission and focus of ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee.

The Charter is available in English, French, Spanish, Greek, Mandarin and Dutch

ICTC Executive Board

The current Executive Board was elected in 2011 at the ICTC Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the triennial ICOMOS General Assembly, Paris, France.

Sue Millar, President, ICOMOS-UK
Augusto Villalon, Vice-President, ICOMOS Philippines
Murray Brown, Secretary-General, ICOMOS Australia
Suzanne Bott, Treasurer, ICOMOS USA S. E. Bott


Four categories of ICTC membership: Expert, Associate, Institutional & Honorary.

Further information: contact Murray Brown -

Workshop and Sukhothai International Cultural Tourism Expert Symposium 2013

Living Heritage: Creative Tourism & Sustainable Communities

Sukhothai , Thailand, October 7-11, 2013

Chiang Mai, October 12-13, Study Tour - From Ancient to Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art

Co-hosted by

Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University (APTU)
Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA)


Message from the President

ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC)

Welcome to the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee. We are a specialist International Scientific Committee of ICOMOS - the International Council on Monuments and Sites. ICOMOS works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. Our Committee promotes the sustainable development and responsible management of cultural tourism at places of cultural heritage significance – historic towns, cultural landscapes, archaeological sites and cultural routes - including World Heritage Sites.

ICOMOS ICTC plays an important role in providing strategic advice on policy formulation at international and national levels retaining excellent working relationships with important stakeholders such as UNESCO World Heritage Centre and UNWTO.

A global network, ICTC activities include research & publications, seminars sharing approaches to strategic planning and management, and workshops on conservation and tourism development at cultural heritage destinations worldwide. Publications with UNWTO: Congestion Management 2004; and Communicating Heritage 2011.

ICTC identifies tourism as a vital component in cultural heritage conservation. The concept of a dynamic interface and symbiotic relationship between heritage and tourism in both theory and practice, underpinned by the ICOMOS ICTC International Cultural Tourism Charter, is central to our Committee’s agenda.

Our vision is exciting: it is ‘work in progress’ and can only be developed further and realised through an active membership of heritage and cultural tourism professionals and academics sharing ideas and experience.

Interested? Join our Committee. Become a member of ICOMOS ICTC.
Sue Millar
President, ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee
November 2012


UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Programme 2013 - 2020

ICTC President – Sue Millar - represents ICOMOS on the Steering Group of the second UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Programme.

UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Programme 2013 - 2020

Cultural Tourism for Community Development: 40 Years of the World Heritage Convention
Symposium: sharing strategies and experience with colleagues from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America and contributing to debates on the World Heritage Convention promoted by UNESCO World Heritage Centre during 2012.

Tour: Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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