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IMPACT: Cultural Tourism and Local Heritage Management in the World Heritage Site of the Ancient Town of Hoi An, Viet Nam


Hoi An was an important trading port from the 15th to the 19th century - the height of the Asian Mercantile Era. Its architecture reflects the many cultures the town was exposed to and it is famous for its Chinese, Japanese and European-influenced shop-houses. Hoi An was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999.

This publication examines the impacts of tourism in the World heritage site of the Hoi An Ancient Town, an exceptionally well preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port and an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time. Since its inclusion in the World Heritage List in 1999 Hoi An as experienced an exponential growth in tourist arrival. While tourism has brought benefits to the people of Hoi An in terms of increased employment and higher cash incomes, tourism has also had negative impacts on the cultural and natural resources of the town. This publication stresses that managing the future of the tourism industry in Hoi An requires specific strategies and activities by the local and provincial authorities and requires public consultation and stakeholder cooperation.

Produced with the financial assistance of the Korean Culture and Tourism Institute

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Hoi An Ancient Town, Viet Nam (Click images to enlarge)

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