World heritage cities discuss tourism development in Suzhou
2018-10-30 15:19:00

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference of Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), themed World Heritage Cities and Tourism, opened in Suzhou on Oct 30, becoming the first OWHC official event held in China.

One day before the opening, experts and scholars from home and abroad attended a seminar, sharing insights on issues including development of world heritage cities and tourism products, conservation of historical Chinese cities and tourism industry development, impact of tourists’ review on tourism industry and local communities, and tourism overdevelopment.

Suzhou is one of the first batch of 24 historical and cultural cities designated by the State Council. The city is home to two world heritage sites, the classical gardens and the Suzhou section of the Grand Canal. It also boasts six representative intangible cultural heritages, such as the Kunqu Opera, guqin, songjin brocade and kesi silk tapestry. It was the host city of the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2004, and the first official OWHC member in China.

At the closing ceremony on Nov 2, the conference will issue the Suzhou Consensus related with the theme of the conference, and award Suzhou as the Model World Heritage City. Editor:Dylan