Cruise Ship Symposium Brings International Discussion to Charleston

By Forum Online posted 03-01-2013 11:53

charlestonAs a center of ongoing discussions about cruise industry impacts on historic ports, Charleston, S.C., offered a ideal location for “Harboring Tourism: A Symposium on Cruise Ships in Historic Port Communities,”held February 6-8, 2013. Hosted by the Preservation Society of Charleston, World Monuments Fund, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation - in cooperation with the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the Center for Responsible Travel - the symposium explored best practices and challenging issues in historic port communities and advocated for policies and practices for creating effective balance between cruise tourism and heritage management. The symposium attracted experts from around the world, featuring speakers from ICOMOS, National Geographic, and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

(Note: We’ll have more details about lessons learned from the symposium in the weeks to come).

The international symposium garnered media attention from a number of outlets throughout the country, as well as in Charleston and its neighboring communities facing similar cruise tourism issues, like Savannah:



The National Trust put Charleston on “watch status” in 2011 and made it one of its National Treasures in 2012. The World Monuments Fund included Charleston on the 2012 World Monuments Watch. Read more about the National Trust’s work in Charleston here.

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