Cultural Assets & Heritage Tourism

Culture, Heritage, Architecture, Gastronomy These links provide resources for enhancing the interaction between tourism and the human story of the locale.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) This nongovernmental organization for conservation of historic monuments and sites collects and disseminates information on conservation principles, techniques, and policies. Follow the link of a specific national committee for technical assistance services and ICOMOS publications available in your country. The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism presents general information and principles.

National Trust for Historic Preservation This U.S.-based nonprofit offers various services. Hotels occupying buildings more than 50 years old can apply for membership in the marketing program Historic Hotels of America, which publishes a directory and provides a central reservation service. The members-only forum offers a jobs board, a calendar of conferences, announcements about grants, awards, and other opportunities, and a database of preservation success stories. For information on other Trust programs—Main Street, Heritage Tourism, and Rural Heritage—refer to the Communities page.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Library, University of Maryland The university lists preservation sites worldwide (under “Quick Links”) organized geographically and alphabetically. Catalogs and databases offer articles, journals, books, architectural records, theaters, and performance halls.

Slow Food This Italian publisher is the founder of the international “Slow Food” movement to combat fast-food globalization by promoting traditional cuisines and ways of life. The site’s “Slow Food Editore” section specializes in tourism, food, and wine. (English, Italian, and French.)

World Monuments Fund (WMF) This private nonprofit organization preserves culturally and historically significant works of art and architecture worldwide. The site gives information on grant programs with potential for cultural-heritage tourism.