International Cultural Tourism Charter: Managing Tourism at Places of Heritage Significance (1999)


The objectives of this charter are to promote and manage tourism in ways that respect and enhance the heritage and living cultures of the host communities, and to encourage a dialogue between conservation interests and the tourism industry. It outlines six principles of cultural tourism:

  • conservation should provide well-managed opportunities for tourists and members of the host community to experience and understand the local heritage and culture at first hand;
  • the relationship between heritage places and tourism is dynamic and should be managed in a sustainable way for present and future generations;
  • conservation and tourism planning should create a visitor experience that is enjoyable, respectful, and educational;
  • host communities and indigenous people should be involved in planning for conservation and tourism;
  • tourism and conservation activities should benefit the host community, improving development and encouraging local employment;
  • tourism programs should protect and enhance natural and cultural heritage characteristics.