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Harboring Tourism: A Symposium on Cruise Ships in Historic Port Communities
February 6-8, 2013 | Charleston, SC

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World Monuments Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Society of Charleston are hosting a symposium on cruise tourism in historic port communities, in cooperation with the Internationl Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Center for Responsbile Travel (CREST), and the Coastal Conservation League.  The symposium will take place in Charleston, South Carolina February 6th – 8th, 2013.

The Symposium will examine various approaches to cruise tourism in historic port communities around the world, exploring best practices as well as challenging issues. The aim is to advocate for policies and practices that benefit local populations by ensuring an effective balance between cruise tourism and heritage management.

The conference will be headquartered at the historic Francis Marion Hotel at 387 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403.


Full Conference Registration

$300 Members, NTHP Members, Students | $350 Non-Members
Registration includes: Wednesday evening reception; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday; and breakfast on Friday.


Wednesday Evening Registration

$25 Members | $30 Non-Members
Price includes Reception and Opening Night Keynote Speaker: Mr. Craig Milan


Friday Morning Registration

$75 Members | $100 Non-Members
Price includes Continental Breakfast, Forum: Charleston and Conclusions and Recommendations


To reserve your room at the conference rate of $119 per night plus taxes and fees, please contact the Francis Marion Hotel at
843-722-0600. Make sure to mention that you are a part of the conference when booking your room to take advantage of the reduced conference rate

Visit http://www.francismarionhotel.com/  for hotel directions and more hotel information. 

Schedule of Events


Wednesday, February 6th

5:30 PM- 6:30 PM: Reception in the Colonial Room at the Francis Marion Hotel

6:30 PM- 7:30 PM: Opening Night Keynote Speaker: Mr. Craig Milan, Florida


Thursday, February 7th

8:00- 9:00 AM- Continental Breakfast in the Colonial Room

9:00 AM- 10:00 AM- Panel: High Volume and High Value

10:10 AM- 11:10 AM- Panel: Economic Impacts

11:10 AM – 11:30 AM- Mid- Morning Break

11:30 AM- 12:30 PM- Panel: Policy Tools

12:30 PM- 1:30 PM- Lunch Break (Box lunch provided by Francis Marion)

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM- Panel: Environmental Concerns

2:45 PM-3:45 PM- Panel: Origination Management

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM- Panel: Heritage Balance

7:00 PM- 9/9:30 PM- Old Exchange Dinner & Lecture: Mr. Paolo Motta, Venice

                                             (shuttles will run from Francis Marion beginning at 6:15 PM)

Friday, February 8th

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast in the Colonial Room

9:00- 10:30 AM- Forum: Charleston

10:45 AM- 12:30 PM- Conclusions & Recommendations: Tony Hiss, New York

*** All Sessions/ Panels will be located in the Colonial Room at the Francis Marion Hotel

Featured Speakers

Carrie Agnew

Charleston Communities for Cruise Control, Charleston, South Carolina


Gustavo Araoz

International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

J. Gilbert Baldwin, Jr.
Internal Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina

Michelle Baldwin

Mayport Community Development Corp., Mayport, Florida


Dana Beach

Coastal Conservation League, Charleston, South Carolina


Amos Bien

Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Costa Rica


William Cook

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC


Joseph Geldhof

Attorney, Law Office of Joseph W. Geldhof, Juneau, Alaska


Tony Hiss

Author, New York, New York


Blan Holman

Southern Environmental Law Center, Charleston, South Carolina


Martha Honey

Center for Responsible Tourism, Washington, DC


Kristian Jørgensen

Fjord Norway, Bergen, Norway


Paulina Kaplan

Municipality of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile


Marcie Keever

Friends of the Earth, Berkeley, California


Ross Klein

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada


Craig Milan

Cruise Tourism Specialist and Travel Industry Consultant, Florida


Harry Miley, Jr.

Miley and Associates, Columbia, South Carolina


Paolo Motta

Architect, Italy


Randy Pelzer

Charlestowne Neighborhood Association, Charleston, South Carolina


Brian Scarfe

University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada


Jamie Sweeting

Advisor to Royal Caribbean


Evan Thompson

Preservation Society of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina


Jonathan Tourtellot

National Geographic


Dora Uribe

Attorney, Cozumel, Mexico


Anthony Wood

Ittleson Foundation and National Trust for Historic Preservation, New York, New York


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