Industry Open 2021: Conference on industrial (heritage) tourism

"The tourism industry and industrial (heritage) tourism destinations - how to restart in this new era?" is the title of the conference as part of the third Industry Open industrial heritage festival in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The expert meeting, which is supported by ERIH, brings together professionals from all over Europe and aims to find answers to the question of how industrial (heritage) tourism can be revived after the Corona hiatus.

Participants can look forward to exciting presentations and discussions by and with specialists from the Czech Republic and abroad, enjoy new perspectives on industrial sites and other destinations, and connect with colleagues who are turning the potential of technical monuments and sites into tourism success stories.

Mike Nevell, Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England and ERIH representative for the network's English members, reveals how the relaunch of industrial heritage tourism in the UK is being managed. Peter Backes, speaking on behalf of the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site, illustrates the potential of cultural programmes at industrial sites to attract new audiences. Jaroslav Dolina presents a current example of industrial tourism from the Karlovy Vary region and explains what factory tours at the largest Czech porcelain manufacturer look like.

Other presentations will deal with tourism concepts for the technical monuments in Brno or address unconventional industrial tourism projects at the ERIH anchor point "Abenteuer Erzberg" as a site on the Styrian Iron Road.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, 15 June, in the former Pilsen transport depot DEPO2015. An internet livestream would allow for online participation as well; dial in with the following link:

Conference program