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Greetings to ICOMOS Members
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation and its International Institute Life Beyond Tourism.
Dear Respected ICOMOS Members,
the Board of Directors of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation is particularly pleased to offer you its welcome in Florence. In this welcome the Foundation is joined by its INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE Life Beyond Tourism.
Our presence and reasons that bind us to ICOMOS for years are numerous. Particularly strong are those with ICOMOS International in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the ICOMOS Executive Committee in March 2013, and those with ICOMOS Italy, due to the shared participation since the presentation of the candidature in Paris (Youtube) for holding the 18th ICOMOS GA 2014 in Florence, for which the Foundation and its Institute are recognized by ICOMOS as privileged partners of the ICOMOS Italy Comittee.
The theme of the Symposium is particularly dear to the Foundation and, especially are the contents of the Session I, for which the Foundation represents its crucial component thanks also to the presence of Emma Mandelli, Member of the Board of the Foundation and Member of the Board of Directors ICOMOS Italy.
The philosophy Life Beyond Tourism, conceived by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation together with its International network, represents the primary clear and influential link with ICOMOS exactly for the reason of sharing the new concept – in addition to protection and valorization - of “fruition for social aims” of Heritage through travel for knowledge and respect of cultural diversities. The theme is explicitly addressed in the framework of Session 1 of the Symposium.
Moreover, the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation stands side by side with ICOMOS in helping it in its primary objective of encouraging active participation of new generations to the Symposium themes. Strengthened by its over-twenty-years experience in this field, the Foundation with its International Institute Life Beyond Tourism has launched a series of Events Parallel to the Symposium, entirely dedicated to the youth, suggesting present-day and interest-engaging themes and experiences that evolve around the Degree & Profession special edition, an annual event that the Foundation holds in Florence, as well as its Regional editions that have taken place in Odessa, Baku, etc.
Finally, the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation and International Institute Life Beyond Tourism, together with the Congress Centre al Duomo and ICLAB (Intercultural Creativity Laboratory), will provide during the whole period of the Symposium venues for numerous meetings of the Executive Committee and other international groups.
All those who would like to learn more about the philosophy Life Beyond Tourism are invited to:
1. Read the introductory note regarding the mission and objectives (Link)
2. Consult the Cultural Portal and Heritage Community and the operational initiative of the LBT Model implemented in Florence and specifically conceived to support heritage. (Link)
3. Evaluate and eventually subscribe the call drafted on March 8, 2014, with the contribution of UNESCO and ICOMOS experts with the aims of contributing to the dialogue among cultures and promotion and respect of diversities (2003 and 2005 UNESCO Conventions) also thanks to the world heritage (1972 UNESCO Convention). (Link)
We express you, thus, our warmest WELCOME with sincere wishes that on this important occasion you could participate with personal satisfaction and productive results to the prominent work of the International Congress of the 18° ICOMOS GA 2014.
President of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation
Paolo Del Bianco
Joined by the Director of the International Institute Life Beyond Tourism