Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. A desire to see other people’s culture and heritage is a major element of tourism and in many countries is a large part of a tourism industry that provides a significant proportion of the national economy. Cultural property protection is an important element in protecting individual livelihoods, the national economy, and security, which in turn is an element of human rights.

Photo: Camels for tourists at Petra World Heritage site, Jordan, 2013.
Photo by E. Cunliffe.

Read more about how cultural heritage relates to sustainable development in our International Initiatives section.

Read more about cultural heritage and human rights in our Law Library