Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has become the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Urban Cultural Landscape category. So far sites listed in the category have included rural areas, traditional agricultural systems, historic gardens and places of religious significance.
Kyoto has been chosen as the venue to close the 40th anniversary celebrations of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (WHC). The announcement has been welcomed by the Kyoto Convention Bureau.
To encourage travellers to visit unusual places with historical significance that they otherwise may not be aware, AnyTrip.com, the budget travel specialists, today unveiled their collection of 15 cheap hotels with breath-taking views of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites.
The United States has confirmed it will cease to fund the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation following a decision to allow Palestine full membership. US funds account for approximately a quarter of the total budget of the body, which plays a significant role in the promotion of tourism through its World Heritage Sites programme.
The number of World Heritage Sites in Central America has increased to 16, following the addition of the 18th century Cathedral in the city of Leon in Nicaragua to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, in recognition of its rich cultural, historic and artistic value.
Korea’s list of UNESCO heritages continues to grow with the ‘Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong’ being the 10th site to be inscribed on the world cultural heritage list.
With fewer than a thousand destinations afforded the prestigious honour, recognition by the UNESCO World Heritage List can catapult a national treasure to international fame. With just 21 additions to the list made this year, Breaking Travel News here takes a look at those which made the cut.
Friends of World Heritage, Expedia and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre is launching the ‘I Am a Responsible Traveler’ campaign to encourage individuals to undertake a series of easy steps to reduce their traveling footprint and enhance their experiences when visiting World Heritage sites.