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UNWTO International Congress
Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage

The International Congress on Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage will be organized jointly by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Ministry of Economy of Portugal and the Municipality of Ourém.

Taking note of the United Nations (UN) declaring 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the congress will discuss how effective partnerships, in sacred places, can benefit local communities and encourage their sustainable development and socio-economic empowerment in the long run. It will also discuss the need for specific policies for protection and management of religious and sacred sites that take into account the distinct sacred or spiritual value associated with the place, as a key factor for their conservation.

The congress will look into the following aspects of religious tourism and pilgrimage:

  • the policies and strategies for the preservation of religious sites and sacred places;
  • the respect for local traditions, values and intangible culture;
  • the development of a local economy which benefits of the host communities; and
  • the need to ensure a positive and enriching signature visitor’s experience.

For further information please consult: http://fatimaiy2017.ourem.pt/

Local: Centro Pastoral Paulo VI, Fátima, Portugal
Realization Date: 22 November 2017 to 23 November 2017