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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Tourism and developing countries: The heritage curse

Al Jazeera - Since UNESCO launched its World Heritage programme to help preserve cultural and natural treasures, over 900 sites have earned the distinction.

No some conservation experts say that the uncontrolled tourism development that follows World Heritage designation may do more harm than good for the very sites the programme was meant to protect.

In developing countries like Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, sites are left largely to their own devices when it comes to managing the burgeoning number of visitors. Emphasis is placed on increasing tourism to alleviate local poverty.

The protected status of the once royal capital of Laos, Luang Prabang, the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Vietnam’s stunning Halong Bay attracts millions of tourists from across the globe, bringing jobs and cash to the poor countries.

But with uncontrolled development and growing pollution, is heritage status also overwhelming the very sites it is designed to protect?

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