International Conference on Language, Economy and Tourism

Tourism can provide unlimited opportunities for economic development and can become an important source of income and employment. It can also provide local communities with the opportunity to express pride in their own culture and language, reviving their traditions, cultural practices and becoming a window to the world. Tourism enables interaction between individuals of different nationalities and backgrounds, thus fostering dialogue among cultures and encouraging cultural diversity and creativity, as proclaimed by UNESCO. At the same time, the increasing human mobility and globalization can foster an increasing homogenization of cultural and linguistic practices, a fact that has become a source of concern for most of regional and minority languages, which see how hegemonic languages, namely English, are replacing the small language communities.

The NPLD, in collaboration with Province of Trento, the Region Trentino-Alto Adige and the Tourism Office of Fassa Valley are organizing the International Conference on Language, Economy and Tourism, which will take place on June 8 in the municipality of Soraga at the Fassa Valley. Participants from different regional governments, institutions and associations across Europe will discuss about the challenges and the impact of tourism on the regional languages. The Conference will count on the participation of the head of the Secretariat of the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe, Mr. Sixto Molina, as well as representatives from renowned institutions such as the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum or the 2018 Leeuwarden Capital of Culture, among others.

The final programme is available here.

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