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About ICTC


ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC) is a global network of cultural heritage, conservation and tourism professionals & academics. We play a pivotal role in research, providing a platform for cutting-edge transversal thinking, developing policy directions and providing advice & expertise at local national and international levels including to UNESCO, UNWTO & IUCN.

Governments, communities and business are keen to exploit cultural & heritage resources as strategic priorities for sustainable tourism development. A process accelerated by the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.

Cultural tourism’s escalating popularity as a leisure pastime – often part of mass tourism – has led to increasing concern about better safeguarding and conservation of cultural heritage in the tourism context especially but not exclusively at UNESCO World Heritage sites.