The AII Round Table on Tourism and Culture took place in Podgorica on April 4, organized by the AII Montenegrin Chairmanship in cooperation with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro.

Within the framework of the Round Table, two panels were held, during which representatives of the public and private sectors presented the importance of cultural tourism for tourist destinations and its further development. On the panel entitled "Interdependence of Tourism and Culture in the Adriatic-Ionian Region", participants discussed about the Cultural Tourism Development Program, the impact of digital technologies, as well as story telling models in the interpretation of heritage along cultural and tourist routes. Likewise, the socio-economic impact of cultural tourism on local communities and the improvement of tourism statistics in the field of cultural tourism at regional level were discussed during the panel.  

On the second panel entitled “Cultural tourism in relation to UNESCO World Heritage Site“a case study "Stećci - medieval tombstones" was presented. This is a case of regional cooperation among four countries, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which together classified sculpted, medieval tombstones to the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

According to the regulations of the AII Round Tables overhauled in 2015, the results of the Round Table have been transferred to the 10th Thematic Steering Groups 4 on Sustainable Tourism, which was held back to back with the AII Round Table. In this regard, showing the strong connection between AII Round Tables and EUSAIR TSGs, Blanka Belošević, Coordinator of EUSAIR Pillar 4, took the floor in order to underline this important link.

Please find here the Agenda of the event.