About the conference

This conference, organised by the UNESCO UNITWIN Network 'Culture, Tourism, Development' and its member, the University of Primorska, Faculty Tourism Studies TURISTICA, is an international and interdisciplinary forum addressing the emerging need for sustainability-oriented innovations in tourism management of heritage sites.


The UNESCO UNITWIN Network "Culture, Tourism, Development" has been organizing biannual international conferences on the topic of world heritage and tourism since 2010.

Past conferences: 

  • 6TH UNESCO UNITWIN CONFERENCE 2019: Value of Heritage for Tourism; 8-12 April 2019 – Leuven (Belgium)
  • 5th UNESCO UNITWIN CONFERENCE 2017: Local Identity and Tourism Management on World Heritage Sites - Trends and Challenges; 18-22 Aprli 2017 – Coimbra, Portugal
  • 4th UNESCO UNITWIN International Conference 2016: Tourism and Cultural Landscapes: Towards A Sustainable Approach; 11 - 16 June 2016 – Budapest, Hungary
  • 3rd UNESCO UNITWIN International Conference 2014: Tourism and Gastronomy heritage: Foodscapes, Gastroregions and Gastronomy Tourism; June 16-20, 2014 – Barcelona, Spain
  • 2nd UNESCO UNITWIN Conference: Tourism and Sustainable Development at World Heritage Sites: Contexts, Experiences and Frameworks of Assessment; 1-8 June 2012 – Libreville (Gabon)
  • 1st UNESCO UNITWIN Conference 2010: World Heritage and tourism: managing for the global and the local; June 10, 2010 – Quebec City, Canada

The 7th UNESCO UNITWIN Conference "World Heritage & Tourism Innovation" is at the same time the 8th ENCUENTROS Conference of the University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies - Turistica.

Encuentros is an international conference organised by the UP Faculty of Tourism Studies - Turistica. Held on the Adriatic coast in the port of roses (Portorož), which belongs to the municipality of Piran, the conference provides a space for Encounters of tourism scholars from different academic disciplines, tourism practitioners and students. 

The past ENCUENTROS conferences: 

  • 7th ENCUENTROS International Conference: Sustainable Destinations: Walking the Sustainable Talk (23 October 2020)
  • 6th ENCUENTROS International Conference: Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality – Preparing for the Future (23 – 25 March 2017)
  • 5th ENCUENTROS International Conference: Dialoguing Tourism (Portorož, 26 – 28 September 2014)
  • 4th ENCUENTROS International Conference: Responsible Tourism (27 – 29 September 2012)
  • 3rd ENCUENTROS International Conference: Tourism and Quality of Life (27 - 28 September 2010, Portorož)
  • 2nd ENCUENTROS International Conference: New Europe – New Tourist Destination ( 21 - 23 May 2008, Portorož)
  • 1st ENCUENTROS International Conference (Days of Turistica): Strategic Partnerships for the Development of Tourist Destinations (18 - 19 March 2004, Portorož)