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Course on "Innovative Planning and Management of Asian Heritage Destinations" Open for Application

In order to help tourist destinations and heritage sites in Asia how to work with their unique heritage resources, Asian Center for Tourism Planning and Poverty Reduction (ACTPPR) and College of Innovation of Thammasat University in collaboration with PATA Foundation are offering a five-day course on "Innovative Planning and Management of Asian Destinations: Practical Lessons for Achieving Sustainable Success".

It will be held from 26-30 October 2009 in Sukhothai, one of the World Heritage Sites in Thailand, providing participants with the opportunity of interacting with a range of stakeholders as well as testing ideas directly with the historic environment.

This course is targeted for the site planners and managers, academics, researchers, and NGOs in the field of cultural tourism. Participants will be explored to the following course content:

  • Trend and issues in responsible cultural heritage management and tourism in Asia
  • Creative and cost-effective site management techniques
  • Working with stakeholders in managing cultural heritage tourism
  • Intangible and tangible heritage interpretation and educational programmes
  • Leading-edge ideas and practices in positioning and marketing heritage destinations.

For more details about the programme, please click here to download the course syllabus.

The registration fee is USD1,200 (incl. tuition, course materials, site visits and lunches). There are limited PATA Foundation scholarships available for PATA Members and AAHM Members. For more information, please contact: foundation[at]

For more details about the course fee, payment and registration, please download the registration form.

The brochure is also available for download. If your colleagues or students are interested in applying, please feel free to download it from here (PDF format, 3.33 MB).


For further information or inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Pawinee Sunalai


Asian Center for Tourism Planning and Poverty Reduction

Phone:  +66 2696 5508

Fax:      +66 2986 8322

E-mail:  psunalai[at]


Call for Papers: Seventh mAAN Conference

The seventh modern Asian Architecture Network (mAAN) conference will be held from 23 to 25 February 2009 in New Delhi, India under the overall theme of "Asian Cities- Legacies of Modernity". Papers will generate discussions emphasizing the foll

  • Knowing modern cities of Asia
  • Regulating the modern architectural precinct
  • Participatory processes in revitalization
  • The educational imperative: training for conservation

Abstracts of papers should be 500 words and sent to the mAAN7 Secretariat via e-mail by 3 November 2008.

For more details, please visit the website at:


The Twenty-sixth Annual Conference of SAHANZ

The twenty-sixth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) will be organized from 2 to 5 July 2009 at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The theme - culture in relation to architectural history in New Zealand and Australia - will be explored through the conference. This covers a wide range of issues such as the forms of indigenous and vernacular architecture and tourism. The conference will also examine the relationship of Australia and New Zealand with other countries regarding sources of architectural ideas, interaction, forms and materials.

For further information, please visit their website



Nautical Archaeology Society 2008 Annual Conference

The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Annual Conference will be held from 7 to 9 November 2008, with the lectures taking place on 8 November 2008 at Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, UK.

The NAS 2008 Annual Conference offers an opportunity to discuss research, review recent archaeological activities, and exchange ideas on investigating, researching, and managing the underwater and maritime cultural heritage.

The NAS 2008 Annual Conference is supported by RUCO, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, PADI, BSAC, SAA, and Action Stations.

For further information about the conference, please visit their relevant webpage at:


Global Development Research Centre: Sustainable Tourism Gateway

Global Development Research Centre (GDRC) established GDRC's Sustainable Tourism Gateway which is an internet-based tool on 27 September 2008, World Tourism Day. The programme aims at enhancing awareness and extending education in regard to sustainable tourism; helping the development of policy and programme; and assisting monitoring and evaluation.

It also offers easy and quick access to information and networking on sustainable tourism and relevant issues.

For more information, please visit the webpage at:


Common Cultural Heritage Through the Ages (Tangible & Intangible): India and West and Central Asia

A five-day seminar is proposed to be held by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in January 2009 on the theme "Shared Cultural Heritage - Tangible and Intangible" to explore the various aspects of cultural exchanges and amalgamation between India and Central Asian countries.

The seminar will be divided into nine thematic topics and aims to cover the range of issues related to cultural links of the region. The diversity of cultural heritage will be emphasized and the influence of different civilizations in different periods of the history will be discussed in the seminar. Cross-regional links in architecture, literature, music and religion will be discussed involving different points of views.

It will review the similarities and cross-points of the cultures of India and Central Asia on the bases of examples from both tangible and intangible components of the heritage. The organizers of the seminar expect the wide participation of academics from different regions of the world.

For more information, please visit their website at:


The Third International Symposium on Architecture and Culture in Suvarnabhumi
The Faculty of Architecture, Khon Kaen University will hold the third international symposium on Architecture and Culture in Suvarnabhumi 2008 (ISACS) from 20 to 26 October 2008 in Khon Kaen University, Thailand. The conference topic is “Local Wisdom, Universal Future ISACS 2008”. It aims to provoke the knowledge and experience exchange among scholars from all related disciplines of architecture, art, and culture in response to the context of sustainable development.

Interested individuals and/or parties are asked to submit their abstracts by 1 June 2008. For more information, please visit or contact isacs2008[at]


Heritage Watch: 2009 Recipient of the Conservation and Heritage Management Award
Heritage Watch, founded in 2003, has been recognized by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for its contributions to preserving cultural heritage in Cambodia. The Conservation and Heritage Management Award is presented to individuals or institutions with achievements in archaeological conservation, conservation science, heritage management and public awareness raising.

For additional information about Heritage Watch, please visit their website at:


11th Summer International Exchange Programme - Intangible Heritage and Tourism
Supported by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Institute For Tourism Studies (IFT) is organizing its 11th Summer International Exchange Programme from 23 to 27 June 2008. This year the programme aims to explore the key issues related to intangible heritage and tourism. The participants will have an opportunity to experience the various dimensions of Macao’s heritage and to understand how these dimensions are affected by tourism and at the same time how they are affecting it. The main objective of the programme is to help participants learn how to develop a responsible cultural tourism strategy involving intangible heritage.

For further enquiries, please contact Ms Fiona Lao and/or Ms Oriana Chan by email at: sp2008[at] or visit their website at:

Course on ‘Strategic Management and Planning of Tourism Destinations’

School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawai’i at Manoa in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, will organize the international short course from 16 to 20 June 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme of “Strategic Management and Planning of Tourism Destinations”.

This course will be conducted in English and use a rich mixture of training methods including lectures, case studies, site visits, group exercises and individual projects. It is designed to provide participants with necessary knowledge to become effective planners.

For further information and registration, please visit their website at: or contact Ms Worawan Surmroetrum at: worawan[at] 


Establishment of UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage Resource Management, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong
A UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Resource Management has been established at the Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong.

The AAHM is anchored by the UNESCO Chair-holding institutions, which serve as focal points in developing various programmes and providing technical mentoring to other members of the network. Within the AAHM network, the following institutions hold UNESCO Chairs:

  • UNESCO Chair on Heritage and Urbanism, at Deakin University (Australia)
  • UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management, at Southeast University (China)
  • UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Resource Management, at the University of Hong Kong (China)
  • UNESCO Chair in Cultural Development, at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (India)
  • UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Risk Management, at Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

For more information about the UNESCO Chair programme, please contact: culture[at] 


Short Courses in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

Deakin University is pleased to make available elements of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) programme via two-day modules, on-campus at the Melbourne Campus, Burwood, Victoria. These modules are ideal for people seeking professional development or wanting to know more about specific areas of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. No assessment is required in association with these short courses. Courses will include reading materials and may include site visits and field exercises. Participants may be required to prepare a short paper for presentation during the course.

The closing date for enrolement is 14 days prior to commencement of the course. Late enrolments will be accepted at the discretion of the Course Director.

For more details about the course, please visit the website at:


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