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AAHM News 2007

Laotian Site Managers and Trainers of Guides Trained at Vat Phou World Heritage Site, Champasak, Lao PDR

From across five provinces in Lao PDR (Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Houa Phan, Xieng Khoang, and Champasak) heritage and tourism specialists took part in a training-of-trainers workshop that was held at the Vat Phou World Heritage site from 1 to 7 October 2007. The workshop focused on enhancing skills in guiding and visitor management, using both Champasak town and Vat Phou as case studies.

Site managers and guides were asked to cooperate to develop a plan for visitor management and site interpretation for each case study. They were assessed on their knowledge and enhanced skills through practical assignments and a written exam. Many groups displayed a range of strengths in presenting interpretive talks and well-defi ned visitor management plans. The workshop ended with the development of action plans at the provincial level.
This workshop is one of a series of national workshops organized through the joint collaboration of UNESCAP, UNESCO and national tourism organizations throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) within the framework of the GMS Tourism Strategy. It was launched collaboratively by UNESCAP and UNESCO in order to ensure the sustainable management of cultural heritage sites in the region, which have become major tourism destinations. The inaugural workshop was held from 23 to 28 July 2007 in Hoi An Ancient Town World Heritage site. The second workshop was held in Bangkok and the Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage site, Thailand from 31 July to 3 August 2007. Three more workshops are planned to take place at the Angkor World Heritage site, Cambodia; Lijiang World Heritage Site, Yunnan province, China; and Bagan (Tentative List site), Myanmar from the beginning of 2008.
For more information about the UNESCAP programme for site managers, please contact Mr Jean-Louis Vignuda at vignuda.unescap[at]

PATA Gold Awards 2007
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)’s Gold Awards 2007 have been awarded to two AAHM affliated projects: The Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide Programme, co-submitted with the Lao National Tourism Administration (LNTA), under the category of "Education and Training" and the Heritage and Friendly Tourism Campaign, submitted by Heritage Watch under the category of “Heritage”. The PATA Gold Awards recognise exceptional achievement in a variety of endeavours, bringing acclaim to the best the Asia Pacific’s travel industry has to offer. The winning projects set industry standards for excellence and innovation, serving as examples for others to follow.

All award recipients will be honoured during a special luncheon at PATA Travel Mart 2007 in Bali, Indonesia, 28 September 2007.

For more details about the PATA Gold Awards 2007, please visit their website at: 

Cultural Impact Assessment and Maritime Archaeology

The UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for eritage Management is organizing its third Annual Field School entitled "Cultural Impact Assessment & Maritime Archaeology" to be held in Galle, Sri Lanka, from 1 to 9 April 2007.

The upcoming Field School will focus on integrated conservation management in an underwater context. It will provide the opportunity to study heritage conservation in real-life situations with the guidance of leading experts in this field.

The curriculum will be divided into lectures, group work and field trips and address technical issues as well as legal and political frameworks, participatory models and heritage interpretation.