2013 U.S. Embassy News and Events | Embassy of the United States Manila, Philippines

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2013 U.S. Embassy News and Events | Embassy of the United States Manila, Philippines.


Sustainable Tourism Resource Page

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Here is a great set of links covering Sustainable-Tourism Assistance with a focus on Culture and Heritage, thanks to National Geographic. 

Alliance for Tribal Tourism Advocates

A U.S. association of individuals and organizations concerned about responsible tourism development in Indian communities. Created by tribal governments in the South Dakota area. Links to websites of U.S. tribes and various indigenous organizations.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

This nongovernmental organization for conservation of historic monuments and sites collects and disseminates information on conservation principles, techniques, and policies. Follow the link of a specific national committee for technical assistance services and ICOMOS publications available in your country. The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism presents general information and principles.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

This U.S.-based nonprofit offers various services. Hotels occupying buildings more than 50 years old can apply for membership in the marketing program Historic Hotels of America, which publishes a directory and provides a central reservation service. The members-only forum offers a jobs board, a calendar of conferences, announcements about grants, awards, and other opportunities, and a database of preservation success stories. For information on other Trust programs—Main Street, Heritage Tourism, and Rural Heritage—refer to the Communities page.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Library, University of Maryland

The university lists preservation sites worldwide (under “Quick Links”) organized geographically and alphabetically. Catalogs and databases offer articles, journals, books, architectural records, theaters, and performance halls.

Partners in Tourism: Culture and Commerce

Background information on this coalition of national associations, federal agencies and nonprofit cultural service organizations building a common agenda for cultural tourism.

Slow Food

This Italian publisher is the founder of the international “Slow Food” movement to combat fast-food globalization by promoting traditional cuisines and ways of life. The site’s “Slow Food Editore” section specializes in tourism, food, and wine. (English, Italian, and French.)

World Monuments Fund (WMF)

This private nonprofit organization preserves culturally and historically significant works of art and architecture worldwide. The site gives information on grant programs with potential for cultural-heritage tourism.


What do Suquamish and El Nido have in common?

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Suquamish, in Washington, United States and El Nido, Palawan, in the Philippines are two communities separated by thousands of miles of open ocean and are nearly opposites in terms of climate.  Temperate Suquamish, Washington is dominated by cedar trees, while tropical El Nido, Palawan, Philippines is lined with coconut palms. And, yet, they face many of the same concerns regarding the management of their natural and cultural resources.

 In both communities, the primary source of income has been shifting away from collecting the area’s natural resources and toward tourism. By facilitating this project, the Burke Museum will be encouraging stewardship of both areas’ fragile natural and cultural resources.

Through the “Ancient Shores, Changing Tides” project, the Burke Museum is connecting these two distant communities that share a common interest in preserving their natural and archaeological heritage, and revitalizing cultural practices.