Cultural Tourism


Tourism Carrying Capacity: A Tool for the Cultural Heritage Management

Aug 08, 2019


Researches from Links Foundation (previously SiTi) are authors of this publication edited by the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

Which is the maximum number of people who can visit a site, without compromising its environmental, physical, economic and socio-cultural characteristics and without reducing tourist satisfaction?

SiTi (and then LINKS) applied this evaluation for several UNESCO sites and reports in this study their experience.

Barcelona Declaration of Tourism and Cultural Heritage: “Better Places to Live Better Places to Visit”

Jun 01, 2019


2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). Acknowledging the unique momentum of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, NECSTouR - the European Network of Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism - took the initiative to establish a Pan European Dialogue to foster greater synergy between tourism and cultural stakeholders.

Two key NECSTouR Events:


EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route Project Final Conference: ‘Cycling and Cultural Tourism: the perfect Match’


We are delighted to inform you that the registration to the Final Conference of the EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route Project: ‘Cycling and Cultural Tourism: the perfect Match’ is now open! The event will be taking place in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on 25th – 26th September 2019.

4th UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture


Save the Date for the  4th UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture to take place in Kyoto, Japan from 11-13 December 2019.

Shortly we will share the conference website and provisional programme for additional information.


3rd International Conference on Tourism and History


The 3rd International Conference on Tourism and History - IIIT&H 2019 - will be organised in Faro (Portugal) and Caxias do Sul (Brazil), on the 28th and 29th of M arch 2019.

Mr José Luis Maestro from the Galicia Region has been invited as leader of the NECSTouR Working Group on Cultural Tourism to present the Barcelona Declaration "Better Places to Live, Better Places to Visit".

3rd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture



(Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, 3-5 December 2018)


Nearly 20 tourism and culture ministers, global tourism and culture leaders and stakeholders will convene at the Third UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture: for the Benefit of All, to be held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey on 3-5 December 2018.

Internal Notes

Insights for Tourism Policy-Making by the TRAN Research on Over Tourism


The Research on “Over tourism: impact and possible policy responses” published by  the European Parliament TRAN Committee in October 2018, provides with very interesting insights for tourism regional policy making, planning and managing.

We highly encourage you to have a look!


It includes, among others:


How to Manage Cultural Sustainable Destinations without Borders? NECSTouR Reflections at the International Summit by the Responsible Tourism Institute

Nov 17, 2018


The Responsible Tourism Institute - together with the Historical Villages of Portugal and the Portuguese Tourism Agency and with the support of NECSTouR - organised in Idanha-a-Velha (Portugal) on the 15-17 November the International Summit "Cultural Sustainable Destinations without Borders".