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Second UNESCO-ICCROM AAHM Conference, Macao SAR, China, 1-3 December 2009

Urban Heritage and Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities

1-3 December 2009
Heritage Studies Centre, Institute For Tourism Studies, Macao SAR, China

Hosted in the World Heritage city of Macao, the AAHM2009 conference will explore the challenges and opportunities of achieving meaningful and sustainable approaches to cultural tourism in historic urban areas. The conference will examine the relationship between the conservation and management of urban heritage and the development of cultural tourism. To better understand this relationship, we welcome contributions that:

  • Analyze how conservation and tourism management relate to community development;
  • Suggest how to revise the existing frameworks, theories and methodologies related to conserving and managing urban heritage; and
  • Offer methods to develop new perspectives and approaches related to cultural tourism.

We encourage submission of papers that analyze best practice examples and case studies associated with one of the following conference themes from historic urban areas - including, but not limited to, UNESCO World Heritage Cities in Asia and beyond.


Conference Themes
The conference will be structured around the following four sub-themes within the contexts of historic urban areas:

Managing change in historic urban areas in the face of tourism development
•  Heritage impact assessments
•  Application of the carrying capacity concept in urban heritage management
•  Maintaining authenticity and integrity of historic urban areas
•  Protection of intangible heritage and transmission of language, skills and trades
•  Visitor management frameworks and measures ensuring more effective urban heritage conservation and management

Adaptive re-use of urban heritage resources as hospitality venues
•  Adaptation of heritage buildings as hospitality venues
•  Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality venues as examples of alliances between heritage and tourism

Heritage interpretation: By whom? For whom?
•  Application of new technology in heritage interpretation
•  Involvement of host communities in heritage interpretation
•  Interpreting places with ‘difficult histories’
•  Contestation of appropriate approaches to urban heritage and negotiation among stakeholders

Heritage tourism’s contributions to host communities
•  Supporting traditional businesses
•  Revival of traditional crafts
•  Capacity-building of host communities through urban heritage tourism 


Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to by 31 March 2009.

Full papers of no more than 4000 words should be submitted by 31 July 2009.

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