July 2013


In this issue

Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture and the former Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, admits that he’s visited more than his share of breathtaking destinations. But the most moving, he says, aren’t necessarily the most elaborate, the biggest, or the oldest; the sites that evoke emotion are those that combine cultural heritage and national feeling. This desire to share a country’s sources of pride with the rest of the globe—and provide people of that region with economic benefits and modernized services—is most effectively achieved, according to Bandarin, by public-private partnerships (PPPs).

This issue of Handshake, focused on PPPs in the tourism sector, offers fresh ideas for alliances between government and the private sector and new models that are reshaping travel industry practices. By examining partnerships that have revitalized natural heritage sites (like state parks) and cultural heritage sites (like ruined castles), along with the investment climate necessities that position these destinations for longterm success, experts sketch a model that can be followed by established locations as well as those in an earlier stage of development. Developing nations with tourist offerings can learn more about the importance of transport and access, especially the transformative role of low-cost carriers and reformed visa policies.

Those working in the field, appropriately, get the last word. We asked a diverse group of travel industry luminaries to advise Handshake readers on how development institutions can impact the tourism sector in the places that need it most. Their practical, insightful answers chart a new course for greater inclusion in the coming generations.


  • 1 Question, 10 Answers

    Advising the advisors

    Experts – Geoffrey Kent, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, John Tribe, Hannah Messerli, Chris Weaver, Anita Mendiratta, Mahmud Janmohamed, Taleb Rifai, Brett Tollman and Gerald Lawless

  • Interviews