The Mediterranean Exchange of Archaeological Tourism

The Appian Way candidate for UNESCO , 27-30 October Paestum

15 September, 18:01

    NAPLES - The Mediterranean Exchange of Archaeological Tourism (BMTA), now at its twenty-fourth edition, will focus on Underground Archaeology launching the First National Meeting of Underground Cities with a view to highlight caves, crypts, catacombs, galleries and labyrinths. One of this edition's novelties, which will run from 27 to 30 October, in Paestum, will be hosted at the prestigious location of the Cafasso Tobacco Factory, at the archaeological site, at the National Museum and in the Basilica, showcasing 150 booths.

    Among these, there are 18 that come from regional territories (from 12 different regions, Rome and the Ministry of Culture, with 500 square meters dedicated to autonomous Parks and Museums), 20 foreign countries, 30 European and national buyers selected by ENIT (the Italian Government Tourist Board). The agenda includes a total of 80 conferences with 500 speakers.

    The Ministry of Culture will launch, on its premises, the candidacy of the Via Appia Antica (the ancient Appian Way), in its integral path from Rome to Brindisi, including a Trajan variant, to register to be listed as one of UNESCO's world heritages. The BMTA, once again, will implement best practices to develop sustainable and experiential tourism. This is to support institutions and local administrations and employer's organizations realize these objectives. There will also be a Conference on the support of the PNRR (the National Recovery and Resilience Plan) in favor of touristic and archaeological locations. This will take place in collaboration with Italy's Office at the European Parliament. Another theme that will be highlighted is ArcheoIncoming work, that aims to increase touristic demand at European and national level through specialized tour operators who will interact with autonomous state Park and Museum Directors on Thursday, 27 October.

    Territories are at the center of this edition, with the International Archaeological Discovery Award named after "Khaled al-Asaad", to honor the archaeologist in Palmyra, Syria, who paid with his life to safeguard the cultural heritage of the place. This edition will award the "discovery of the year 2021".

    Among the many prestigious international guests of this year's edition are: Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim, Director of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Fatma Naït Yghil, Director of the Bardo Museum in Tunis and Zahi Hawass, archaeologist and previously Minister of Antiquity and Director of the Giza digs, Saqqara and the Valley of the Kings. The International Prize for Underwater Archeology, "Sebastiano Tusa", at its second edition, will be awarded to the most innovative project implemented by Institutions, Museums and Archaeological Parks, for the best journalistic contribution with regard to its divulgation and as an award for a life's work and carreer.

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