First ASEAN summit on Heritage


BANGKOK, 16 July 2018: The first ASEAN World Heritage Summit will be hosted 2 to 4 August in the World Heritage town of Sukhothai in central Thailand.

Drawing experts from around the 10-member nations of ASEAN, the three-day event is backed by UNESCO, which recognises more than 1000 historical and natural sites worldwide.

There are 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites already listed in Southeast Asia and many more submitted for review in various categories touching on culture, history and natural assets and landscapes.

Sukhothai’s World Heritage Historical Park is under the supervision of Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration, the main sponsor and organiser of the summit.

Registration is free, but attendance is limited to 100 participants and experts, who will use the summit as a platform to discuss issues linked to inclusive and sustainable management at World Heritage sites in ASEAN.

It will also explore ways to empower communities to achieve sustainable tourism development goals and identify thematic routes and ways to improve air and land connectivity between ASEAN world heritage sites.

The official hotel for the summit is Sukhothai Treasure with Bangkok Airways as the official airline. The airline owns an airport in Sukhothai and is the sole operator of daily services from Bangkok.

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Weerasak Kowsurat, will present the opening keynote address themed: “Together is better: Have we been Built to Thrive?

He will touch on the delicate balancing act between preservation and innovative marketing tactics that could lead to “over-tourism” as Thailand heads for 40 million tourist arrivals in 2020.

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