Southeast Asia is home to some of the most spectacular archaeological and heritage sites and attracts tourists from all over the world. However with increased tourism comes an ever-increasing need to protect sites from wear and tear and to balance them with the important economic benefits of tourism.

This four-day workshop will engage managers of heritage and archaeological sites, as well as tourism industry professionals and government officials to raise awareness of issues around the long-term sustainability of archaeological sites. The goal of this workshop is to promote responsible tourism, share and encourage best practices that minimise damage to such sites and to provide a great tourism experience to visitors.

Our lineup of speakers from around the region will talk about their experiences in managing tourism at archaeological sites, covering themes of community engagement, tourist education, flow management and tourism development strategies.

This workshop is jointly organised by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the APSARA National Authority of Cambodia



Registration fee: $USD75, includes coffee breaks, lunch, workshop pack, transport to/from the APSARA Authority and site visit. Fee does not include accommodation in Siem Reap. The workshop will be held at the offices of the APSARA National Authority, half an hour from Siem Reap City, Cambodia. One day of the workshop will also be devoted to site visits in Angkor.

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The four day programme will consist of seminars and talks by archaeology and heritage tourism professionals from, or working in, Southeast Asia. One day of the workshop will be devoted to site visits in the Angkor Archaeological Park to examine examples of tourism management at this world-famous Unesco World Heritage Site. Download a copy of the concept note here.

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H.E. Sok Sangvar
Head of Tourism Management Plan, Deputy Director APSARA Authority, Cambodia

‘Implementation of the Tourism Management Plan’

Dr. Jaturong Pokharatsiri
Vice President of ICOMOS-ISTC (International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism) and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Thammasat University, Thailand

‘Sukhothai World Heritage and its “people” value interpretation towards cultural tourism’

‘Sustainable cultural tourism: theories, realities and possibilities’

Mr.Aung Aung Kyaw
Director ( Bagan Branch)
Department of Archaeology and National Museum
Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture of Myanmar

‘Bagan Heritage Region: Case Study on View Point Mounds’

Eric Babar Zerrudo
Center For Conservation Of Cultural Property And Environment In The Tropics, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

‘Cautious Approach to Heritage Tourism in Three Philippine World Heritage Sites- Case Studies of Vigan World Heritage City, Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park’

Aufa Syahrizal Sarkomi1, Adhi Agus Oktaviana2, and Harry Truman Simanjuntak2
1College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia
2The National Research Center of Archaeology, Ministry of Education and Culture (ARKENAS), Republic of Indonesia

‘Traveling to Harimau Cave Site: an appreciation to prehistoric sites in South Sumatra, Indonesia’

Nia Naelul Hasanah Ridwan
Maritime Archaeology Research Scientist, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia

‘The Recent Sustainable Use of Underwater Cultural Heritage Sites for Marine Tourism and Community Development in Indonesia’

Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, PhD and Mary Jane Louise A. Bolunia, PhD
National Museum of the Philippines

‘Community Engagement and Tourism Programs In Butuan, Northeastern Mindanao’

Takayuki Miyoshi
JICA Expert Team

‘Tourism Development Strategy in the Bagan Heritage Area ’

Georgina Lloyd Rivera
Center Director, SFS Center for Environmental Research in Conservation and Development Studies, Siem Reap, Cambodia

‘Balancing Contemporary Traditional Practice, Development and Conservation at Heritage Sites’

Pham Sinh Khanh1 and Bui Van Manh2
1Deputy Director, Trang An Landscape Complex Management Board, Viet Nam
2Vice director of Tourism Department of Ninh Binh province, Viet Nam

‘Local community engagement in the management of the Trang An Landscape Complex, World Heritage property and its relationship to tourism development.’

Robert Travers
Heritage Tourism Consultant

‘Sri Ksetra, Myanmar: Addressing tourism-related problems and solutions’

Sakada Sakhouen and Jean-Baptiste Chevance
Archaeology and Development Fund Project at Phnom Kulen

‘Sustainability and tourism management on Phnom Kulen’

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Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat and the world-famous Angkor Archaeological Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site

Payment can be made via credit card, Paypal or international bank transfer.

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