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WORLD – UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture

UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture: Building a New Partnership (Siem Reap, Cambodia, 4-6 February 2015) (04/02/2015) © World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) / World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Over 900 participants, including over 45 Ministers and Vice Ministers of Tourism and Culture, international experts, speakers and guests from 100 countries, gathered at the UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore and advance new partnership models between tourism and culture (4-6 February 2015). This was the first time the Ministers for Tourism and Culture were gathered together. 

“In order to effectively promote and safeguard the very heritage cultural tourism relies on, a sustainable, multi-stakeholder approach is crucial.”

Read the full press release here.


USA – Documentary makes lost Polish synagogue rise again

The new film Raise the Roof tells the improbable story of a decade-long odyssey led by Rick and Laura Brown, from a town south of Boston, who set out to bring back to life the nearly lost history of Poland’s historic 18th century wooden synagogues.

At one time, there were some 200 of these wooden synagogues built during a period referred to as the golden age of Polish Jewry. Of those that made it into the 20th century, none survived destruction during the German Nazi occupation of Poland. Along with the buildings, the knowledge of these unique architectural gems was nearly lost as well.

Read more about the film here.


EUROPE – Training sessions for crossborder Jewish tourism guides in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine

The Shtetl Routes project, an ambitious,  EU-funded, cross-border Jewish tourism initiative in Poland, Belarus and Ukraine, will be holding training sessions for tourist guides to Jewish heritage sites in the area.

The sessions, for 30 people each, will be organized by the Grodzka Gate NN Theater, one of the partners in the Shtetl Routes project.

Participation in training is free of charge. The organizer covers the costs of transport, accommodation and meals during the field trips and provides training materials, lectures and presentation led by local experts and specialists on Jewish subjects. Participants must however cover costs of getting to the training sessions.

Anyone interested in participating must complete the registration form located at this link by February 28. 

Read more at Jewish Heritage Europe here.