Tourism Officer Gleicke Launches Project to Strengthen the Cultural Tourism in Rural Areas
Cultural Tourism is a Trademark for Destination GermanyAugust 07th, 2015
On June 24th, the Parliamentary Secretary Iris Gleicke, convened for the second time with the Tourism Advisory Council at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), chaired by the Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism. The central theme of the meeting was rural tourism. At the meeting, the Commissioner for Tourism, Gleicke, also gave the go-ahead for the project "The destination as a stage: How does cultural tourism make rural areas successful?”
The UNESCO committee selected this site in Hamburg not only because it is the largest storage complex in the world, but also because its architecture has remained unchanged over time. The typical storehouses date back to the late nineteenth century and are built on small islands on the Elbe River. The Speicherstadt site is part of the new district, Hafen Hamburg, and also includes the surrounding buildings. The Kontorhausviertel is the location for the offices of the harbor and the navigation company, which were built between 1920 and 1940. This southeasterly area of the old town in Hamburg is famous for being the first “business district” of Europe. The dark red brick facades and its tip, which recalls the prow of a ship, make the Kontorhausviertel easily recognizable from other parts of the city.
The Senator Barbara Kisseler expressed her joy at the end of the celebrations, thanking the other German regions for their support.
In addition to Hamburg, other candidates for world heritage status included the ancient city of Hedeby in the Schleswig-Holstein and the German Naumberger Dom. Although neither of these were included in the famous list, the UNESCO committee decided to give the latter a second chance: the Saale region will have the chance to review its application, work on it and resubmit it to the Committee, with the view to being awarded world heritage status in the coming years.
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