With its publication of the proceedings of the 2009 Conference on The Image of Heritage - Changing Perceptions, Permanent Responsabilities
in 2011, the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco-Life Beyond Tourism announced the creation of the Life Beyond Tourism Non-Profit Portal, a move prompted also by the scientific debate within the Theory Committee and by the precious indications imparted by its first president, Andrzej Tomaszewski. Designed to promote the “use and enjoyment” of heritage for the furtherance of intercultural dialogue, the portal aims to introduce the visitor to a region’s character through its cultural expressions, including those that, while maintaining a low profile, nevertheless represent it in a significant manner, and whose origins and current activities facilitate the interpretation and presentation of the region’s cultural biography as a whole. The portal’s goal is to make it easier, worldwide, for people to comprehend the things that unite us rather than those that divide us.
«A year on, working through its network of institutions and universities covering the five continents, the Fondazione has begun to populate the portal while endeavouring to ensure that it remains financially and operationally independent by building a tourist reservation system on www.worldsitehotels.com into it. Without any additional cost to users, this system turns the entirety of its profits over to the Life Beyond Tourism Non-Profit Portal - clearly a “good practice” for the safeguarding, enhancement and enjoyment of the heritage represented in the Cultural Portal for the benefit of intercultural dialogue. The new portal www.lifebeyondtourism.org and the synergy between its cultural biography component and its component devoted to tourist services in the regions present on the portal, is to be presented at the ICOMOS Theory Committee’s 7th annual meeting on Heritage Under Pressure – Perspectives of Historic Urban Landscape (HUL)
, which is to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 26 to 28 April 2012.»Paolo Del Bianco
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