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Starlight Tourist Destinations

Starlight Destinations are visitable places characterised by excellent quality for the contemplation of starry skies and the practice of tourist activities based on this resource. The Starlight Tourism Certification System was created with the aim of encouraging, at world-wide level, the improvement of the quality of tourist experiences and the protection of the night skies in Starlight Destinations.The Starlight Certification seeks to guarantee the capacity to enjoy the view of the stars and...

Windows to the Universe

The scientific dimension of a starry night is an essential part of the legacy of the sky. The ability of the planet’s astronomical sites and observatories to detect and interpret data from outside the world we live in should be considered as a resource of extraordinary value for the progress of knowledge, as it has been throughout history. Dark skies are still the windows to our knowledge of the greater Universe. Unfortunately current areas devoted to astronomical observation do not enjoy ap...

Starlight Reserves

A Starlight Reserve is a site where a commitment to defend the night sky quality and the access to starlight has been established. Its main function will be to preserve the quality of the night sky and its associate values, whether they are cultural, scientific, astronomical, natural, or landscape-related. A Starlight Reserve will have a core or dark zone. This is an unpolluted area where natural night sky light conditions are kept intact. This core zone will be protected by a buffer or prote...

Star Parks - One Star at a Time Programme

A StarPark is a window to the firmament that each community voluntarily designates to enjoy the starry night sky. Its function is to claim and secure the right to starlight, especially for future generations.
Just as communities designate areas for recreation, sport, the enjoyment of nature or silence, these same sites and others can be places where the starry sky is enjoyed. A StarPark is an oasis that each community designates for stargazing/observing, a site where to learn under the st...
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Tourism and Science: Bridging theory and practice

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Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, on 1-3 June 2011  

The aim of this Forum is to achieve an ample consensus for tourism research and governance, setting a reference framework vis-à-vis the main strategic challenges that tourism is facing nowadays, such as development, climate change/sustainability and participatory implementation of policies at public and private levels. The Forum is also concerned with ways and means regarding, among other, market positioning, product and process innovation, and competitiveness.

The Forum will assist in establishing a roadmap for the UNWTO Knowledge Network (UNWTO.Know), created by UNWTO to develop and manage a worldwide association of UNWTO Think Tanks, UNWTO Knowledge Strategic Centres and UNWTO Knowledge Institutions. The Network supports UNWTO and its Member States in all matters concerning science, technology, innovation, and knowledge management related to tourism. Officially launched by the UNWTO in 2010, the UNWTO.Know already has over 120 institutions from 40 different UNWTO Member States.

 

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