Explore both fun and innovative World Heritage resources
while also discovering organizations involved in
the conservation and protection of UNESCO’s
World Heritage sites.
World Heritage Centre
The World Heritage Centre is the coordinator within
UNESCO for matters related to World Heritage. The
website provides the list and significance for the
800+ natural, cultural, and mixed World Heritage
World Heritage sites are located in more than
130 countries. Below are just a few of the resources
to explore the World Heritage of different nations.
World Heritage Sites
There are 8 natural and 5 cultural World Heritage
sites in Canada, including the Historic District
of Quebec, a nearly 400 year old walled city on
the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
World Heritage Sites
Mexico has 27 World Heritage sites, ranging from
the Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino to the Ancient
Mayan City of Calakmul.
World Heritage Sites
The United States was the first signatory of the
World Heritage Convention. Currently there are
20 World Heritage sites in the U.S.
Many NGOs support World Heritage site conservation
and sustainable tourism development, but sometimes
it is difficult to determine where to begin your
journey of knowledge. Below you will find organizations
that offer valuable resources and information.
Read about how tourism affects biodiversity and
found out ways Conservation International assists
local communities develop sustainable tourism.
Earthwatch supports scientific field research
to promote environmental sustainability.
Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations
National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable
Destinations provides resources and tools for
communities, travel professionals, and travelers
looking to build the geotourism experience. Of
particular interest, explore National Geographic’s
Geotourism Charter, the Geotourism: A New Trend
in Travel survey, and the Destination Scorecards
that rate the sustainability of travel destinations
around the globe.
Great resource for ecotourists, developers, and
policy makers that want to learn more and stay
updated in the sustainable tourism industry.
The Rainforest Alliance offers an eco-index on
sustainable tourism businesses and certification
systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.
RARE offers an ecotourism manual for conservation
managers, an interactive ecotourism map and resource
center to promote ecotourism as an incentive for
Provides travel tips and information to help tourists
respectfully experience the local culture, community
Sign up to receive STI’s monthly e-newsletter
with informative industry updates. Also, learn
about STI’s tourism initiatives like tourism
certification and carbon-offset programs.
International Ecotourism Society
TIES is the oldest ecotourism organization in
the U.S. and provides educational materials to
inform travelers, tourism professionals, influence
policy. TIES also provides technical resources
and statistics to build business support for ecotourism.
TNC promotes the preservation of diversity of
life on earth through community based initiatives,
Cares for Tomorrow
Promotes the conservation of our world’s
natural, cultural, and historic treasures through
grants, education, administering sustainable tourism
awards, and other initiatives.
WCS devises initiatives to positively influence
individual attitudes toward nature and sustainable
interaction of humans and wildlife through awareness
WMF works to protect the endangered monuments
that are part of the world’s built cultural
Travel decisions can promote the conservation
of World Heritage sites and sustainable tourism.
The resources below will help you get the most
of your travel experiences as well as positively
influence the destinations you visit.
Travel Handbook 2006
This handbook is a comprehensive resource for
both travelers and travel providers alike. The
world’s leading responsible travel organizations
offer guidance and instructions on how to research,
select, and help create a valuable sustainable
travel experience. Information includes definitions,
travel tips, articles, case studies, research,
Expedia, Inc. is one of the world's leading travel
services companies. With its portfolio of leading
travel brands, Expedia, Inc. empowers business
and leisure travelers with the tools and information
they need to easily research, plan, book and experience
travel. The company also provides wholesale travel
to offline retail travel agents. Expedia, Inc.'s
main businesses and brands include: Expedia.com®,
Hotels.com™, Hotwire®, Expedia®
Corporate Travel, Trip Advisor™ and Classic
Vacations™. Expedia, Inc.’s companies
also operate internationally with sites in Canada,
the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands
and China, through its investment in eLong™.
The UN Foundation is a public charity created
in 1998 with philanthropist Ted Turner’s
historic gift of $1 billion to support UN causes.
It is the world’s largest private supporter
of World Heritage. Since 1999, the UN Foundation
has contributed more than $40 million, and catalyzed
an additional $150 million, in support of World
Heritage conservation and sustainable development
in the developing world. http://www.unfoundation.org
World Heritage Centre at UNESCO
For more than 30 years, UNESCO and its partners
have worked through the World Heritage Centre
to identify, assess and protect places of outstanding
universal value. To date, 184 countries have adhered
to the Convention Concerning the Protection of
the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, making
it one of the most universal international legal
instruments for the protection of cultural and
natural heritage. Whilst fully respecting the
national sovereignty, the States Parties to the
World Heritage Convention recognize that the protection
of our World Heritage is the duty of the international
community as a whole. There
are currently 851 properties including 660 cultural, 166 natural and 25 mixed properties in 184 countries. http://whc.unesco.org