Book Chapter

UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites and Tourism: A paradoxical relationship

Marilena Vecco, Jo Caust

Overtourism Tourism Management and Solutions | Routledge | Published : 2020


Conservation and management of cultural heritage sites are characterised by several paradoxes, which also affect the tourism activities related to these sites. The World Monument Fund monitors damage to heritage buildings and sites. It identifies three major threats facing heritage sites: political conflict, climate change and tourism. The tourist is thus seen to be as damaging as war or rising sea levels. In the World Monument Fund’s (2018) list of the most endangered 25 monuments in the world, approximately one-third were diagnosed as being ‘in danger’, mainly from tourists.

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