Program

7th
of June
7:30 – 9:00
Registration and coffee
10:00 – 12:00
Opening ceremony

Official opening
Government of Azerbaijan

Welcome speech
Elbay Gasimzade, Chairman of Union of Architects of Azerbaijan (UAA) and Thomas Vonier, President of International Union of Architects (UIA)

Tourism in figures
Michel Julian, Senior Officer, Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Department, UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

12:00 – 13:00
Dinner
13:00 – 13:30
Presentation of architectural solutions for tourism management in historical cities
13:30 – 15:30
Panel discussion:
Uses and maintenance of heritage

Panelists will discuss mechanisms for restoration and/or conservation of historical cities, including adapting the uses of heritage as a means to its maintenance and accessibility.

This discussion will also consider how to ensure the local community’s sense of ownership of the city, and how various stakeholders can use heritage in a balanced way.

Moderator
Professor Sabina Hajiyeva, head of the Department of Architectural Constructions and Monuments Restoration, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction

Discussion participants

  • Vikas Dilawari (India)
    Urban conservation architect, Vikas Dilawari Architects
  • Dalila ElKerdany (Egypt)
    Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University
  • Rizvan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)
    Architect, Associate Professor at the University of Architecture and Construction, Baku, Co-Director of UIA Work Programs Heritage and Cultural Identity
  • Amalia Androulidaki (Greece)
    Head of General Directorate for Restoration, Museums and Technical Works, Greek Ministry of Culture
  • Lynne Dearborn (USA)
    Architect, Associate Professor, Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois
15:30
8th
of June
9:00
Panel discussion:
Tourism sector and digital tools

This block will focus on the important role of tourism professionals in the development of responsible tourism and the use of technology as a means to monitor and regulate tourism flows.

Emphasis will be placed on boosting collaboration between tourism companies and cities with regards to tourism management and marketing strategies.

Discussions will also examine how to promote other on-site attractions and activities to disperse tourist flows.

Moderator
Monica Maggioni, Journalist and Director of Rai News, Italy

Discussion participants

  • Matt Benson (Australia)
    Geographer/demographer, Programme Director at Think City Malaysia
  • Ilgar Isbatov (Azerbaijan)
    Architect, Director of the Baku State Institute of Technology, Chairman of the Urban Planning Commission of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan, Director of UIA’s Social Habitat work program
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break
11:30
Panel discussion:
Economic factors

Discussions will centre on how tourism affects the economy, the consumer habits of residents, and the city’s infrastructure.

Panelists will analyze how to develop a financial and social plan to protect the city’s heritage, develop human capital, build local institutional capacity, improve employment practices, and protect traditional commerce and residential diversity.

Moderator
Monica Maggioni, Journalist and Director of Rai News, Italy

Discussion participants

  • Richard A. Engelhardt (USA)
    Professor of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, Former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific
  • Ezio Micelli (Italy)
    Architect, Professor of real-estate economics, University IUAV of Venice, Venice City Councilor for the Venice UNESCO Management Program
13:30 - 14:30
Dinner
14:30
Presentation of architectural solutions for tourism management in historical cities
15:00
Panel discussion:
Regulatory measures

This block will serve as an examination of the existing and suggested norms and regulations implemented by the municipalities or local governments trying to control the tourism in historic cities.

This will include how cities monitor the impact of tourism and how they implement strategic plans for the protection of the city’s identity and integrity (e.g. residents and local commerce).

Moderator
Professor Sabina Hajiyeva, head of the Department of Architectural Constructions and Monuments Restoration, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction

Discussion participants

  • Laurence Loh (Malaysia)
    Conservation architect and cultural heritage expert, Deputy President of Badan Warisan, Malaysia
  • Sito Veracruz (Spain)
    Co-founder of FairBnB cooperative
  • Balint Kadar (Hungary)
    Architect, Urban scholar and Planner, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Asgar Alakbarov (Azerbaijan)
    Chairman of the Board of Administration of the State Historical-Architectural Reserve “Icherisheher” (Baku Old City)
  • Celia Martinez Yáñez (Spain)
    Professor, Historic Heritage and Architecture, Seville School of Architecture (ETSA), IAPH and Alhambra Council
17:00 - 18:00
9th
of June
9:00 - 11:00
Panel discussion:
Education and awareness

Speakers will discuss approaches to advising children, residents and tourists about how to use heritage in a responsible manner.

This session will focus on raising awareness regarding the benefits of public, private and community partnership.

Moderator
Professor Sabina Hajiyeva, head of the Department of Architectural Constructions and Monuments Restoration, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction

Discussion participants

  • Corinna Del Bianco (Italy)
    Director, Life Beyond Tourism®, Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco
  • In-Souk Cho (South Korea)
    Architect, Co-director of the UIA Work Programme for Heritage and Cultural Identity, Vice-president of ICOMOS-ISCARSAH
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:00
Presentation of architectural solutions for tourism management in historical cities
12:00 - 13:00
Conclusions – Part I
13:00 - 14:00
Dinner
14:00 - 16:30
Conclusions – Part II. Presentation and signing of the final Charter and Guidelines for responsible tourism management in historic cities
16:30 - 18:30
Signing of the Baku Declaration on responsible tourism management in historical cities by interested parties
18:30
Closing ceremony
10th
of June
09:00 – 11:00
Council of members
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00
Council of members
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 16:00
Council of members
16:00 – 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00
Council of members
11th
of June
09:00 – 11:00
General Assembly
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00
General Assembly
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 16:00
General Assembly
16:00 – 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00
General Assembly
20:00
Gala Evening

The
concept

With the advent of low-cost travel, the tourism industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom. As a result, mass tourism is increasingly characterised as invasive, even destructive, often resulting in demographic shifts, local malcontent, rising prices, the dissipation of small businesses, damage to heritage, and loss of cultural identity. This forum aims to address these problems and discuss ways in which architects and other actors can help develop a greater harmony between historic towns and tourists.

Final
output

A set of GUIDELINES FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN HISTORIC CITIES, endorsed by International Organizations for distribution throughout the world to policy-makers, tourism professionals, and urban planners.

A QUALITY LABEL for cities that meet the necessary requirements of sustainable tourism in historic cities.

A final DECLARATION and summary of the recommendations resulting from the Forum.