resolutions of the General
Assembly in Melbourne, 1998 recommending
" to continue the dialogue on the development of
a policy position on the sustainable and holistic approach
to heritage tourism," and "to collaborate
with UNESCO, UNDP, ICCROM, ICOMOS and other agencies for
establishing standards for heritage conservation within
the context of tourism development, and for ensuring host
community benefits". This recommendation is confirmed
by ICOM's abiding concern with issues affecting the protection
and conservation of the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage
as expressed in the Strategic
Plan 2001- 2007, obj. 1.
Tourism can make a significant contribution to economic
prosperity of a country, it enables its Cultural Heritage
to be recognized, but unfortunately can also harm it especially
in culturally and naturally vulnerable regions.
necessary interaction between Cultural Heritage protection
and cultural development can be achieved through the key
role of museums of preserving and conserving the Heritage
itself and of fostering cultural diversity and mutual understanding.