News International Dialogue "Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development"

Source Tomás Díaz de Losada

In the frame of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, the International Dialogue "Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development" will be celebrated. The Forum which will take place in Barcelona (Spain) from May 9th to September 26th 2004, is a world-wide event based on the promotion of the cultures and the arts, designed to improve the living together through the intercultural dialogue and the celebration in general. The Institute of Responsible Tourism (ITR), an international organisation associated to UNESCO, acts as the Technical Secretariat, collaborating in the direction and organization of the International Dialogue "Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development", which is to be celebrated from 14th to 16th July 2004. The Dialogue will be a meeting-point for more than 1.500 leading stakeholders and people interested in the tourist activities, becoming a space dedicated to open debate and free discussion. The main topic areas will revolve around TOURISM and CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE, Responsible Tourism from the perspective of the TOURIST INDUSTRY and the SUSTAINABLE TOURIST DESTINATIONS. Likewise, other topics will be treated linked to EDUCATION, TRAINING, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, NEW TECHNOLOGIES and ETHIC as aspects of a Responsible and Sustainable Tourism, essential to achieve a world in PEACE. For these reasons the Dialogue is addressed to: - International organisations - Professionals of the tourist industry, culture and environment. - Public Administrations of tourism, culture, environment and sustainability. - Experts, scientists, students and academic world in general. - Related NGO's. - Auxiliary Industry and suppliers of technology, equipment, etc. - Civil Society and Public interested in the topics. The dynamics of the Dialogue will assume participation and discussion as a prior objective, programming a formal part, which includes presentations and round tables, and a more participative and dynamic section in which meetings, debates, and Groups of Work on specific topics will be carried out, as well as the possibility of presenting COMMUNICATIONS and EXPERIENCES. Another characteristic to be emphasized is the fact that there will be an stand where one will have the chance to present initiatives, products or services related to the topics of the Dialogue. For PREINSCRIPTION in the Dialogue go to Forum website: (Spanish) (English) It is possible to present COMMUNICATIONS and EXPERIENCES. This would be able sending a 350 word summary in English or Spanish, in which the object and the conclusions of the communication are explained. Please send it as soon as possible. A pre-selection will follow according to a series of pre-established criteria. Then, we will contact the author to ask him/her for the complete presentation to carry out the final selection. If you wish to receive further information, or make any suggestions, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Technical Secretariat of the Dialogue, of which the Institute of Responsible Tourism is in charge, via the following e-mail: Instituto de Turismo Responsable Calle Ardemans, 12. 1ºC 28028 MADRID Telf: +34 902 11 77 25 Fax: +34 91 355 07 05 E-mail: