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    Life, Beyond Tourism®
    Florence (Italy), March 3-4, 2018 (arrival 2nd, departure 5th)

    15th December 2017: abstract submission
    The abstracts have to be sent to secretarygeneral@fondazione-delbianco.org


    Now more than ever the World International Community cannot separate dialogue among cultures from the development of peaceful coexistence and safeguarding of the planet Earth we all share.

    The Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation has fulfilled its commitment with the Life Beyond Tourism Philosophy and Initiative that combines factors like heritage fruition, values-oriented travel, intercultural dialogue for safeguarding the planet Earth for attaining a new commercial offer where the local “Learning Communities” are the main actors.

    World Heritage Sites -very rich in multiculturality on their sites- can play a significant role in promoting dialogue among cultures, which is consequently useful also  for the sustainability of the Planet Earth and for the management of our territories and our lives;
    in conclusion, WHS are important for the future of our cities, sites and planet Earth: our future!

    We remember the words of Ban Ki-moon (former UN Secretary General) pronounced last year about  the ‘transformation’ aspired for by the United Nations Post-2015 Agenda:

    “Transformation is our watchword.
    At this moment in time, we are called to lead and act with courage.
    We are called to embrace change.
    Change in our societies.
    Change in the management of our economies.
    Change in our relationship with our one and only planet”
    Our contribution to the change is:

    heritage, travel, dialogue on and for the planet Earth.
    One world, one origin, many cultures, a shared destiny or none!


    Background & Introduction

    This Symposium is closely connected with the previous ones, the 2016 “SITES for DIALOGUE” and the 2017HERITAGE for PLANET EARTH”, whose respective scientific achievements are collected in totally 8 different ISBN-coded publications (3 of which are about to come out gathered on https://issuu.com/istitutointernazionalelbt.

     The aims of the 2018 Symposium are strictly connected with OUR VISION; we are not sustainable tourism, we are not responsible tourism, we are TRAVEL for DIALOGUE or TRAVELLING DIALOGUE ORIENTED.We open a platform where to get together THEORY & PRACTICE; as you know and as already said, World Heritage Sites represent a great strategy for getting people of different cultures together and for exercising dialogue among numerous cultures and contributing, thus, to the safeguarding of our planet.

    The World Heritage Sites represent an opportunity to meet peoples and travelers in an ideal context of absolute relaxation given by the holiday atmosphere and with a willingness to listen, observe and reflect; and the so-called “Learning Communities” (residents, travelers, local authorities, educational institutions, cultural and economic operators, etc.) ought to direct their action:

    • to realize the said opportunity, in order to play their relevant role in achieving the community’s interest in peaceful development, protecting the Earth’s health and limiting climatic change
    • to guarantee that the development is not driven by the market trends but managed by multiannual planning approaches that guide policies, business practices and behaviors.

     The Heritage for Planet Earth theme is intended as part of a wider awareness-raising strategy – addressed to younger generations and to institutions dedicated to their training – on the fragility of the cultural-natural heritage and the environmental equilibrium of the planet Earth.

    As already said, sites of cultural interest – classified and not – and those of natural interest  are increasingly attracting visitors from all over the world; therefore, these sites are enriched by multiculturalism and have the opportunity – but we should start considering it as “a duty” – to become true centers of dialogue between cultures present on their territory. Therefore, all actors of the “cultural trip”, the above-mentioned “Learning Communities”, with their services, with their hospitality, have to pursue that aim, for the growth of the international community in peaceful coexistence; so it will help also to start the exercise of useful reflections on the heritage, and widespread awareness of the respect and protection of the Earth’s “health”.

     Sessions “HERITAGE for PLANET EARTH® 2018”:

    The Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco®, in the framework of its Life Beyond Tourism® Initiative and under the main theme HERITAGE for PLANET EARTH®, dedicates the 2018 edition of its Symposium to the following sessions:

    1. Tourism market trends: to manage or to be managed?
    2. Digital technologies: saving identity or feeding globalization?
    3. Smart city and heritage conservation by means of modern building technologies

    in collaboration with the Research Institute of Building Physics (NIISF RAASN);

    City, Heritage, Design, Conservation, Technology, App-Software, Market Trends, Planet Earth, and their relationship with the theme of the Dialogue among Cultures

    The present Symposium is open to educators and scholars in architecture, heritage, tourism, social and human sciences; architects, engineers, conservators, but also tourist and economic operators, public administrators and companies, territorial and urban management professionals, all those involved in the development of territory and in travelling, providing them with a great opportunity to think and present their experience about how heritage protection and its use/fruition can stand as a strategy to get together people from different countries and cultures, for the aims of dialogue, exchange of experience in territorial and cities development and management, in respect of the planet we all share.


    • Language for abstract presentation: English
    • Title format: Times New Roman 12, Bold.
    • Authors: Name, Surname, Institution of affiliation. Font: Times New Roman 11.
    • 3 keywords: Times New Roman 11.
    • Text of abstract format: Times New Roman 11, 1.5 spacing (max. 500 words); the text must have indications regarding the objective(s) of the paper
    • Author’s information: a short personal biography (max. 300 words as a written text) must be presented which should include contact details (e-mail, telephone number, personal or institutional website)

     Registration fee:

    1. No registration fee for:
      Members of the International Board of the Experts of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco®
      Members of the organizations which signed the Foundation’s the Memorandum of Understanding “Life Beyond Tourism” (not expired to date)
      Members of the organizations which signed the Foundation’s “2015 Life Beyond Tourism Declaration of Auspices for UNESCO”
      Participants to one of the side events of the 20th International Assembly and Symposium (see the list below)
      (to get confirmation to belong to one of those categories, please write to secretarygeneral@fondazione-delbianco.org)
    2. Special registration fee 100 Euro for young people under 30 y.o.
    3. Full registration fee 350 Euro


    15th December 2017            Abstract submission to secretarygeneral@fondazione-delbianco.org

    15th January 2018                          Notification of the abstracts acceptance on the conference webpage

    20th February 2018                        Full paper submission for publishing (for ISBN e-book conference proceedings) – Guidelines

    Call – HERITAGE for PLANET EARTH 2018 Assembly 2017.10.31_BROCHURE




    Official language: English

    Official web page for info & registration http://www.lifebeyondtourism.org/evento/1078

    Venue: Centro Congressi al Duomo, Florence, Italy

    Promoters: Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco®, Istituto Internazionale Life Beyond Tourism®

    Scientific Secretariat: Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco®, Simone Giometti (Secretary General)

    Via del Giglio 10 – 50123 Firenze, Italy, Tel. +39 055 216066 Fax +39 055 283260



    The delegates were kindly invited to use the Best Practice Reservation Portal www.vivafirenze.it that is a practical application of the Life Beyond Tourism philosophy. You can choose among over 200 accommodation facilities to get the option that better suits you in terms of prices (the same hotel fares as in the other international reservation portals), location, category, etc.

    This is a way to better know how the Life Beyond Tourism Model operates on the territory and for the territory interpreting and communicating it to the visitors; indeed, booking your stay with Vivafirenze you (without any extra-costs for you) contribute to support a crowdfunding campaign for 4 special restoration projects in Florence as with the Model you can do on your territory.

    For this reason, the reservation portal www.vivafirenze.it has been selected by the Organizing Committee as the official one for the Conference and Assembly.

    Please kindly note, given the occupancy level of hotels in Florence expected in March, rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


    The accommodation structures in the portal www.vivafirenze.it joined the portal to contribute to support the heritage of the territory thanks to which they operate. Their membership is voluntary and determined by a true sharing of Life Beyond Tourism values.

    Any differences in price with other portals is nothing but a human error, and in that case, you are kindly invited to inform the hotel and customer.support@vivafirenze.it in order to guarantee the prompt correction.
    We thank you in advance for your attention and prompt communication because also this is a form of valorization and support of the heritage of the territory where www.vivafirenze.it operates itself.

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