Tourism and Cultural Landscapes:
Towards A Sustainable Approach

The UNESCO UNITWIN Network for "Culture, Tourism, Development", the Budapest Metropolitan University of Applied Sciences and the Foundation for Information Society (INFOTA Research Institute) is kindly inviting you to the Budapest International Conference on
Tourism and Cultural Landscapes: Towards A Sustainable Approach
An English language exchange of experiences
12 - 16 June 2016

Themes of the Conference

Main scientific themes:

  • World Heritage and the changing inter-relationship between tangible and intangible
  • Landscape and its social, economic, cultural and ecological approaches
  • Landscape types (designed, organically evolved and associative cultural landscapes) and their sustainability and role in tourism
  • Planning and managing landscapes including Cultural Ecosystem Services
  • Individual and social well-being in relation to cultural tourism
  • Innovative technologies applied in travelling
  • The role of e-culture in landscape
    • research,
    • presentation (exhibitions, monuments, museums),
    • tourism (organising a tour, cultural routes, holidays),
    • documentation, digitisation,
    • preservation
  • Awareness-raising, training and education, new tools, methods, assessment and quality objectives of heritage
  • International policies and programmes; trans-boundary landscapes; the future of landscapes

Honorary Guest

We are greatly honoured by Professor Francesco Bandarin accepting our invitation and participate in the conference as its Honorary Guest

Francesco Bandarin, architect and planner, graduated in Architecture in Venice (1975) and in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley (1977and has pursued an academic career as Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Venice (IUAV) and a professional career as a consultant for international organizations in the field of Urban Conservation and Development.

He served as Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre from September 2000 to March 2011. In his capacity as Director of the World Heritage Centre, he is the Secretary of the World Heritage Committee. In the past years he has actively supported the reforms promoted by the World Heritage Committee to streamline the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, and has successfully promoted partnerships with Governments, NGOs and the private sector for the protection of World Heritage sites. He has actively supported the creation of World Heritage related initiatives and institutions in different parts of the world, such as in China, South Africa and Europe. Mr Bandarin has led the development of a vast network of public private partnerships for World Heritage conservation, as well as the development of a series of regional category II centres in every part of the world.

He was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture in May 2010 and worked there until July 2014. He was Director of the Italian Special Projects Office for the Safeguarding of Venice and its Lagoon, and Director of Special Programmes for the 2000 Jubilee Preparations in Rome. He has written numerous specialized publications and articles, and co-authored “The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing in an Urban Century”, published in 2012.

He is now an Associate Professorin Urbanistic Technique and Planning of the University of Venice.

This spring, he has been called back to the position of UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture in order to contribute in the establishment of measures for preserving heritage sites in war time. For this reason, he is not able to appear in person but he has sent us a video message.