German and Swiss World Heritage site representatives exchanged ideas in Constance

“Overcoming borders, discovering new horizons” was the title of this year's annual conference of the German and Swiss World Heritage Associations and the German and Swiss UNESCO Commissions, which took place in Constance on 22-24 May 2024. Organized by UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany e.V. together with the German UNESCO Commission, the event serves as platform for professional exchange at national and European level.

This year, the organizers were pleased to hold the conference for the first time in cooperation with the Swiss World Heritage Sites Association and the Swiss UNESCO Commission. Over the course of three days, around 110 conference participants discussed key issues relating to a wide range of network aspects and exchanged views on common topics and challenges.

In the run-up to the annual conference, the members of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany Association met for a general meeting. The regular board elections were a moment of farewells and new beginnings. Fritz S. Ahrberg, Managing Director of Hildesheim Marketing GmbH, was elected as the new Chairperson. The members of the Marketing Committee were also newly appointed. Anja Domnick of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat will continue to represent the Wadden Sea and the natural World Heritage Sites on the marketing committee.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany e.V. aims to raise awareness of the 52 German World Heritage Sites and promote cautious, high-quality tourism that is compatible with the heritage. This offers the opportunity not only to make the World Heritage sites accessible to the public, but also to guarantee their preservation through the revenue stream of sustainable tourism. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany e.V. is an association of tourism organizations from cities, regions and federal states in which World Heritage Sites are located.

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