5 Remarkable Sites We Are Working to Protect
Today, April 18, is International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day, established (by the UNESCO General Conference) to drive awareness of the importance of cultural heritage to the lives, identities and communities around the world, as well as the vulnerability of cultural heritage and sites and the efforts required to protect them. We here at Global Heritage Fund are honoring this day with a list of the top five little-known cultural sites around the world to educate people about their importance to history, civilization and culture.
Plain of Jars Conservation Workshop
The Plain of Jars Conservation Workshop, organized in collaboration with the Department of Heritage in the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT), is underway in Phonsavan, Xiengkhouang Province, Lao PDR.
This two-week course is training students from the national, provincial, district and village levels in site management and conservation techniques. Leading the instruction are Prof. Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy, who lectured on the subject of Cultural Heritage Management and Legal Frameworks regarding Cultural Heritage; Ms. Lia Genovese, who presented The History and Archaeology of the Plain of Jars; and Mr. Simon Warrack, who is teaching the group about the nature of stone, how it is formed and decays, and conservation approaches in theory and practice.
Preserving Heritage Globally Changing Lives Locally
Enjoy this video describing the work of Global Heritage Fund narrated by Executive Director Vince Michael.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry, with Chief Executives from the top 100 of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies as its Members. WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest industries, supporting 260 million jobs and generating 9 per cent of world GDP.
The WTTC has unveiled the 18 finalists for its 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards - see them here. Finalists in six categories were selected, ranging from local destinations to international airlines, tour operators and small eco-lodges.