on Museums, Heritage and Cultural Tourism
21-26 May 2000
Trujillo, Peru and La Paz, Bolivia
conscious of the contemporary world culture dynamics
and of the ongoing debate concerning cultural tourism
and the role of museums, has taken the initiative
to convene a Workshop on Museums, Heritage and Cultural
Tourism. The Workshop was organised by the ICOM Secretariat,
in collaboration with the National Committees of Peru
and Bolivia and was financed by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of The Netherlands.
The Participants in the workshop discussed plans and
policies in order to develop detailed goals and strategies
that will enable the correct use, the appropriate
interpretation and management of cultural heritage
in the context of its preservation and conservation
for future generations, and the respect and involvement
of local communities.
60 museums and heritage professionals from
the Latin America and the Caribbean region and national
tourist officials, specialised institutions like UNESCO,
ICOMOS, ICCROM were present as well as members of the ICOM
International Committee for Conservation. Some resource
persons from other parts of the world (France, Slovenia,
Spain, Turkey and Belgium) took part in the discussion.
To dictate ethical and basic priciples for the conservation,
interpretation and management of movable and immovable heritage,
and the role of museums in this context.
To raise awareness that the protection of the cultural heritage
depends on the promotion of cultural property and the establishment
of principles and systems of protection, but also on the
involvement and commitment of the communities that conserve
this precious heritage for future generations.
The participants drew up a Proposal
for a Charter of Principles for Museums and Cultural Tourism
that offers guidance and gives a conceptual basis for ethical
professional practice. It outlines the required strategies
and the aims and objectives that would ensure that cultural
heritage (including museum collections) is enjoyed, interpreted
and managed in a way that favours its preservation and respect
for future generations. The participants based their work
essentially on the ICOM
Code of Ethics for Museums, bearing in
mind the mission of museums as non-profit making institutions
in the service of society and society's development and
the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Charter. This
document will be proposed to UNESCO for inclusion in its
Universal Charter for Cultural Tourism.
Proceedings of the workshop "Museums,
Heritage and Cultural Tourism", Languages:
Spanish and English.
Available free of charge, upon request, from ICOM