Protecting Heritage, Promoting Tourism

Tourism industry professionals and heritage experts to converge in Siem Reap to discuss best practices in managing tourism at archaeological sites.

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tourism to cultural heritage sites like Angkor Archaeological Park booms
As tourism to cultural heritage sites like Angkor Archaeological Park booms, it's important to find a balance between conservation needs, tourism experience and revenue potential - Photo by Marie Laguerre (@mayuddha).

SEAMEO SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts, in collaboration with APSARA Authority, have organized a workshop on sustainability and tourism Management for archaeological and heritage sites from 5 – 8 February 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The four day event will bring together archaeological and heritage site managers, tourism industry professionals and government officials to share ideas and best practices on how to introduce and develop sustainable tourism practices in order to protect archaeological and cultural heritage sites.

As tourism in Southeast Asia booms – with many of the popular tourist attractions in the region being archaeological and cultural heritage sites – this knowledge-sharing workshop aims to help find a balance between the needs of site conservation, maximizing tourism revenue potential and providing an enjoyable tourism experience to visitors.

The first two days of the workshop will be dedicated to introducing various tourism challenges, as well as input lectures from a lineup of notable speakers from around the region who will talk about their experiences in managing tourism at archaeological sites, covering themes of community engagement, tourist education, flow management and tourism development strategies. The third day will be spent on site visits around the Angkor Archaeological Park, with a focus on tourism management practices; and the final day will be a presentation of solutions and roundtable discussion among participants.

Registration can be made through the event website, and closes on 5 January 2018.

workshop on Sustainability and Tourism Management for Archaeological and Heritage Sites
Registration fo the workshop on sustainability and tourism management at archaeological and heritage sites closes on 5 January 2018.

About SEAMEO SPAFA

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA), established in 1985 and hosted by the Government of Thailand, seeks to cultivate awareness and appreciation of archaeological and cultural activities in the region through information dissemination, sharing of resources and experiences, and other relevant programmes of activities, as well as advance mutual knowledge and understanding among the countries of Southeast Asia through regional programmes in archaeology and fine arts. SEAMEO SPAFA is under the aegis of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).