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The challenges and opportunities posed by Jewish heritage tourism and travel in Europe are the focus of this three-day conference and raise many important issues both in places where there is an active local Jewish population and in places where there are sites of Jewish heritage but no organized Jewish community.
The conference will focus on issues that reflect the growing diversity and energy of Jewish and Jewish-themed tourism in Europe, both for Jews and for others. But it would also address both the specifics of Jewish heritage tourism and how it fits within heritage tourism/travel in general. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which technology influences and possibly changes Jewish heritage tourism.
This conference is the latest in a series of international conferences on Jewish heritage and follows on from a number of major international conferences on Jewish built heritage issues that have taken place since 1990.
- To bring together thinkers, practitioners, professionals of Jewish heritage tourism, inspire the next generation of caretakers of Jewish sites, and strengthen a Europe-wide network of people involved in Jewish heritage tourism;
- To make connections across borders, while acknowledging the local specificities;
- To present innovative and successful projects that are not necessarily fully replicable in a different context, but that can inspire others.