Heritage: UNESCO List: Get In & Get Out

Being on the List is undoubtedly a great advantage for all tourism destinations. The UNESCO List, to make it clear. However, there are several sites that received a clear warning from the world heritage organization – either you go straight or you will be delisted. What is going on here? Why is Dresden or Prague in danger? Who was successful in averting the peril?


The Dresden Elbe Valley: New and Rebellious

Larry Brain

UNESCO made it clear – Dresden will lose its World Heritage status if it continues with the construction of a bridge over the Elbe River. Recently, Dresden got yet another chance – one more year to come along.

Hampi: Threat of Delisting Averted

Vanderlei J. Pollack

In the present day Hampi, among a magnificent array of monuments, one witnesses a weird mix of paradoxes. The 16th century Portuguese traveler Domingo Paes who visited Hampi exclaimed, "What I saw from thence seemed to me as large as Rome …. this is the best provided city in the world…" . This sprawling imperial capital of the erstwhile south Indian empire Vijayanagar (the city of victory) is now at the best a cluster of tiny villages.

Philippines: De-listing Ifugao Rice Terraces an Empty Threat?

Ashley Nault

Ifugao Gov. Teodoro Baguilat dismissed as an empty threat the move of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to strike off the Ifugao rice terraces from the World Heritage List, saying the Ifugao people are not affected...

The Hundred Spire Prague: Too High-Rise

Ashley Nault

The historic center of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, was inscribed on the UNESCO List not long after the end of Communism in the country – in 1992. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Lesser Town and the New Town speak of the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages. The many magnificent monuments, such as Hradcany Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and numerous churches and palaces, were built mostly in t...

Ayutthaya: The Help of Locals Needed

Kevin Eagan

Ayutthaya city is the capital of Ayutthaya province in Thailand. The city was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong, who came here to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri, and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom. In 1767 the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, and the ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya historical park, which was recognized internationally in 1991 when it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List...