Reputable international conference of the UNSECO UNITWIN network in Portorož


Portorož, May 10, 2022

Under the auspices of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Culture, Tourism and Development, the 7th International Scientific Conference on "World Heritage and Tourist Innovations" will be held in Portorož from May 15 to 20, 2022, organized by a member of the University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies - Turistica.

The conference will be attended by about 150 participants from among international experts and scientists actively involved in the evaluation and research of tourism in World Heritage sites. Among them, globally recognized experts from UNESCO organizations from all continents will present their views. During the three days of the conference there will be 3 plenary debates, 2 round tables and 3 thematic sections, presenting 128 scientific papers and 188 authors from 35 countries. The conference program will take the form of best practice presentations, plenary debates and PhD workshops.

This is an important event for linking cultural heritage and tourism not only in the field of international scientific research, but also in the field of strategic development of Slovenia hence, at the opening, 16 May 2022, the conference will also be supported by the Secretary General of UNESCO Slovenia Gašper Hrastelj and the Director of the Slovenian Tourist Board Ilona Stremecki.

New challenges require new starting points, new strategies and new solutions for more sustainable and viable tourism in World Heritage sites. In the introductory plenary session, the need for new approaches in tourism will be addressed by world-renowned experts in the field of heritage, sustainable development, digital communication and climate change management, Prof. dr. Maria Gravari-Barbas, Prof. dr. Sara Dolničar, Prof. dr. Vicky Katsoni and Prof. dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj.

UP FTŠ TURISTICA organized the conference as part of a prestigious international event in cooperation with partners who made it possible to hold the conference live in Portorož, partly digitally from a distance and also at World Heritage Sites in Slovenia. In addition to Piran, the conference participants will also visit the Škocjan Caves and the newly listed Plečnik heritage sites in Ljubljana, as part of the accompanying activities carried out with the aim of presenting our cultural heritage.

"We are very pleased with the response to the conference, as it exceeds our expectations, being attended by a diverse academic community from 35 countries. We are looking forward to academic discussions and different views on innovations that will contribute to the sustainable development of tourism in heritage areas. In organizing the conference, we will do our best to make an unforgettable impression with accompanying events, especially by visiting UNESCO sites in Slovenia," said the chair of the conference organizing committee and coordinator of the UNESCO UNITWIN at the University of Primorska, dr. Aleksandra Brezovec.

The Rector of the University of Primorska, prof. dr. Klavdija Kutnar, emphasized: "It is extremely important that the efforts of UNESCO for sustainable integration of cultural heritage and tourism take place within the framework of our University of Primorska. In addition to the recently established UNESCO Chair of Interpretation and Education to promote integrated approaches to cultural heritage, being entrusted with the organization of the prestigious UNESCO International Conference is an additional recognition of the University of Primorska's research and international academic integration in this field. "

More information on the conference website unitwin2022.turistica.si

UP FTŠ - Turistica


Mariana Rodela

UP Fakulteta za turistične študije -Turistica (UP FTŠ Turistica)

Obala 11a, SI -6320 Portorož, Slovenija

E-mail: mariana.rodela@fts.upr.si

UNESCO UNITWIN NETWORK - "Culture, Tourism, Development" is a program launched in 2002 by the UNESCO Chair "Culture, Tourism, Development" in Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and consists of about 30 universities worldwide. The network is a closely linked system of collaboration in research, exchange and dissemination of knowledge between universities, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. Its main objective is to promote a responsible and ethical vision of tourism as a means of sustainable development of territories and strengthening cultural diversity.