1st Biennial International Conference HISTORICAL CITIES 3.0

The present-day constantly increasing tourist traffic means that the processes of the city functioning and the development of local entrepreneurship should lead to limiting the conflicts caused by the development of the tourist function, even at the price of its reduction. The fact that the urban layout of historical cities has limited capacity means that tourism management is becoming increasingly more difficult as it has to take into account the diversity of stakeholders and their points of view. Competing for city resources may lead to a conflict of functions, which is manifested by the gentrification of the city which is dangerous for the life of the city. In addition, management must take into account the development support of local entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, the high quality of the life of residents and stay is to be the overriding objective of local sustainable development strategies. Do residents and visitors stand on opposite sides? Maybe residents and visitors are one local community? How to improve the quality of life and the comfort of visitors?

1st Biennial International Conference


Title of the conference in 2018:

RESIDENTS AND VISITORS – in search of quality and comfort

Motto: I am lucky to live where others can only come for a moment

Dates: 1-2 March 2018

Venue: ICE Kraków Congress Centre

Obligatory registration via www.historicalcity.eu from January to 15 February 2018

Approximate number of participants: 250

Target groups: municipalities, NGOs, DMOs, economic self-governments

Conference languages – English and Polish, simultaneous interpretation

Conference formula: plenary session with official and expert keynotes, and thematic panels

Signing a letter of intent on future cooperation



1 March 2018

9:00 – 10:00 registration

10:00 – 10:10 Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Krakow

10:10 – 10:20 Representative of the European Commission

10:20 – 10:35 Representative of the UNWTO

10:35 – 10:50 Representative of OWHC

10:50 – 11:00 Representative of Polish Government

11:00 – 11:30 Challenges for tourism in historical cities

11:30 – 12:00 coffee break

12:00 – 12:30 case study introducing panel 1: EDINBURGH


14:00 – 15:00 lunch

15:00 – 16:30 case study introducing panel 2: AMSTERDAM

16:30 – 18:00 panel 2: 24-HOUR CITY

18:00 closing of the first day

20:00 welcome reception

2 March 2018

08:30 – 10:30 a theme walk in Krakow

10:30 – 11:00 coffee break (ICE Kraków)

11:00 – 11:30 case study introducing panel 3: BREGENZ

11:30 – 13:00 panel 3: SMART CITY, FOR WHOM?

13:00 – 13:30 the signing of the letter of intent on future cooperation

13:30 – 14:00 wrap up of the conference by Andrzej Kulig, Deputy Mayor of Krakow

14:00 – 15:00 lunch, closing of the conference,

from 15:00 onwards post-conference visits

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