The Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy. Local people mingle with visitors in crowded streets unaware of the evocative silence of the Vasari Corridor (on the right) – the long passageway that connects the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace across the river Arno.

Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism for Development

“The Florence Declaration”

This resolution written and supported by ICOMOS ICTC Expert Voting Members will be presented to delegates attending the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly in Delhi, India, December 2017. It is the result of our International Expert Symposium on Cultural Heritage Conservation & Sustainable Tourism and International Cultural Tourism Charter Review + 20 Workshop 18 – 19 May 2017, held at the Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Florence, and chosen to coincide with the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IYSTD) 2017.

International Cultural Tourism Charter Review +20

The Interim Report is now available. It is an internal report for ICOMOS ICTC members. The next stage will involve wider consultation among ICOMOS colleagues and members of UNESCO, UNWTO & IUCN. Once we have reviewed the full results of the consultation process we will consider whether a new Charter is needed. Given the immense changes in the volume of tourism and expanded notions of cultural heritage to include food, hospitality, traditional sports, festivals, historic city centres, monuments and rural cultural landscapes as well as the influence of new technologies in decision making at all levels, it is evident  there may be a need for a new Charter.

An ICOMOS ICTC Charter Working Group was set up in Florence to progress the Charter Review + 20 and will continue their work into 2018

Sundarbans UNESCO WHS, West Bengal, India 

4-8 December 2017

Artisans, Fishermen, Tigers and Tourists – Tackling the challenges of generating sustainable livelihoods across the culture–nature divide

ICOMOS ICTC Study Visit & Workshop in partnership with & West Bengal Government 

Our event takes place immediately before the ICOMOS General Assembly in New Delhi and has been made possible by the work of Amitava Bhattacharya and ICTC colleague Ananya Bhattacharya, of They have negotiated a limited number of fully funded places for ICTC members attending the 4 day Workshop. All places have been allocated.

ICTC Annual Meeting & Bureau Elections Delhi, India

9 December 2017

ICTC Annual Meeting & Triennial Officer Elections

Fishermen in Sundarbans UNESCO World Heritage site.

Operationalizing Community-Focused Cultural Tourism Management & Biodiversity Planning Outcomes at Proposed Indigenous World Heritage Sites

An ICOMOS ICTC & ICOMOS Canada Workshop

Wednesday 13 December 2017 

The Nature-Culture-Journey – ICOMOS 19th General Assembly Delhi India – in association with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – is one of four themes in the ICOMOS’ Scientific Symposium on Heritage & Democracy, 13th & 14th December 2017. ICOMOS ICTC & ICOMOS Canada are presenting a workshop on improving cultural tourism and biodiversity planning outcomes at proposed indigenous World Heritage Sites. All ICOMOS ICTC members attending the ICOMOS General Assembly are welcome to contribute to this event.

Guidelines – a publication – planned for 2018