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The Pros and Cons of UNESCO Heritage Sites


Twitter Travel Chats are a great way to get advice from fellow adventurers on where to go, what to see, and how to get there. That's why we love staying in tune with the latest of the myriad of chats that are out there. This month we visited the original source for travel talks on Twitter with the travel community's biggest Twitter chat, #TTOT. Headed by The Travel Dudes, #TTOT takes place every Tuesday on Twitter at 9:30 AM/PM GMT. We were excited to participate in this month's chat covering the Pros and Cons of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On our trips we visit hundreds of different UNESCO sites around the world, from Croatia's Old Towns of Dubrovnik and Split, to Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. If you missed the last chat, don't fret, because we've included the questions and answers below to keep you informed on everything UNESCO. Feel free to ask additional questions in the comments section!


Q1: What is the most inspirational UNESCO site you've ever visited?

A1: Exploring the waterways and wildlife of the lush #Okavango Delta (and hearing lions roar from our tent!) #TTOT


Q2: State the case for a place yet to be UNESCO recognized, but that should be.

A2: The nomadic Kazakh hunt eagles by horseback in the western #Mongolian province of Bayan-Ölgii, making it a top pick on our list! #TTOT


Q3: Does being UNESCO-listed ultimately protect world heritage sites, or put them at risk of over-crowding?

A3: By providing funding for preservation, #UNESCO definitely protects. Also, many sites go uncrowded, like the #OuterHebrides. #TTOT


Q4: What issues does UNESCO recognition create and how can they be reduced?

A4. Tourism can wear down architectural sites, however permits limit the amount of foot traffic, like our permits for the #IncaTrail. #TTOT


Q5: Share your favorite photo of a UNESCO.

A5: Due to embargo, Old Town #Havana couldn't fund restoration, so local residents are compensated to help maintain and preserve it. #TTOT


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