November 20, 2008

“Degree and Profession” and The Tourist City


From the 14th to the 19th of March took place  the first “International Regional Festival – Degree & Profession” in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the subject of  Traditional Islamic Architecture.
Participants from 6 countries came together for four days to listen to conferences and discuss regarding the Architecture and the Conservation of Heritage.
The energy of more then 100 participants, students, graduates, professionals and professors created an event that will be a milestone for the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, and its mission “For Intercultural Dialogue – Life Beyond Tourism”, showing how coming together under a common goal can break down the barriers.

More than 25 degree project were presented (Degree, Master, and PhD), and winners were selected to come to Florence for a stage-period: Timur Kiryashov, Nurlan Koishanbaev, Leyla Shiraliyeva and Cavid Mammadov.

Baku is the 2009 Capital of  Islamic Culture!!


Florence, Italy

Dear Blog Friends,

Last week in Florence the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation promoted an International Festival called Degree & Profession, an important meeting for students, graduates, companies, professors, universities and professionals having the chance to share their own knowledge and experiences.

This Festival was rich of conferences, workshops, and other interesting events related to the worlds of school, workculture, architecture, and, of course, TOURISM.
In particular, there was a very interesting workshop about tourism which was intitled The Tourist City, conducted by the Professor Ray Hutchinson from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, U.S.A.


Tbilisi, Georgia

The participants to this workshop were people from all over the world, coming from Georgia, America, Italia, Iran, Estonia, Serbia, Russia, etc., and they were all experts in the field of tourism. Their works were all about the relation between their cities of origin and tourism, in the sense that tourism is a very important aspect for the growth of their economy and for a social and cultural growth too.


New York, U.S.A

It was very interesting to notice how different was the approach of each participant to this argument, and how different was their concept of tourism applied to each one of their cities.
In fact, we can’t talk about New York as a tourist city in the same way as we talk about Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia) as a tourist city, because each place has its own features and characteristics, its history, culture and economy. Therefore, every place has got its own tourism, in the sense that tourism depends on the resources that a particular place can offer to tourists.

For example, New York is a great business city and is so organized and structured that tourists often visit it simply to say “I have been to New York!”. In this case we don’t need to do more to improve tourism in this city or to promote its features because it already does it by itself.
Instead, there are places like Estonia or Iran which are not so well known, which need to be promoted by a different kind of tourism that focuses on their historical, cultural or landascape characteristics.


Belgrado, Serbia

Another interesting point was the intercultural dialogue established by the participants to this workshop. Everyone talked about his country and at the same time interacted and shared his knowledge with the others and learnt about different cultures, cities and realities. They shared their point of view and discussed about different ways of “making tourism” and different experiences and stories.
Again, New York has got a very different culture and history compared to Florence which has got its very personal history too.


Yazd, Iran

In conclusion, every place in the world is worth to be visited and known because of its own features, culture and history. If we want to avoid mass tourism we should visit both the most famous places and the less famous ones because we could happen to be amazed by the beauty of some of these places!

What do you think about it?



  1. Hello blog friends,
    It was really a brief report of what have been happened in the professional workshop called “the tourist city” in Nov.2008. you know,I was the one from Iran had participated in this program. So after all I reallized that with the so variety of tourist’s cities in the whole world with so different histories and cultures and also their function as a city, we as the experts can not make a same decision for promoting the features which make tourist grow!
    even in our country as a developing one, we have varoiuse kindes of tourist’s cities whome should be think and decide about them in different ways depending on what we expect them to offer tourists!
    So I really agree with your conclusion about the subject!
    good luck

    Comment by Roja Tafaroji — February 26, 2009 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

    • Hello Roja, we certainly remember you and your intervention last year! It has really been a great time together! I also remember the very interesting papers that were presented at the Tourist City Professional Workshop. Thank you for getting in touch again, and thank you for your comment!!

      As you mentioned … each city or town is a full world to discover.. in its functions, morphology, cultures, activities, sounds, perfumes or smells, intercultural dialogues, …

      I think you brought up another interesting argument when you consider ‘what we offer in a tourist city’.
      because sometimes we wonder ‘who decides?’ ‘who are the protagonists in planning the city’?
      Protagonists in the valorization of the city can be the experts; the people and companies who work in the tourism field, and finally the travellers themselves … the theory on the one hand, and the practice on the other…

      Do you guys think that they work together at it??? Should they?
      What do you think is your, mine, our
      role as tourists when visiting a tourist city – when travelling?

      Comment by bloglbt — March 4, 2009 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  2. Great idea, but will this work over the long run?

    Comment by Aion Wow — July 28, 2009 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  3. I attended a conference sponsored by the Del Bianco Foundation in late January of this year. I had paid in advance for a trip to Siena, which was cancelled. I have been trying for months to get my money back. To this date, no luck, though I have repeated promises. Is this the kind of professional foundation you are running?

    Comment by R Sha — March 10, 2010 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

    • Dear Professor Sha,
      notices are certainly a chance to improve.
      As our responible specified, there has been a issue with the bank processing, and we have immediatly addressed your notice. We regret for the inconvenience, and remain at your disposal.

      Comment by bloglbt — March 15, 2010 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  4. Nice it!

    Comment by New Photographs — May 17, 2010 @ 6:04 am | Reply

  5. hello new york i love you

    Comment by afrora — September 13, 2010 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  6. You can read about grassroots intercultural dialogue actions, mainly involving secondary age students, in and from Spain and to the USA, UK and Europe,at my blog:

    Comment by timothyjonesiswriting — November 20, 2010 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

    • Very interesting activities and website! Thank you Timothy for sharing them with us! Please keep us posted!
      Is you activity part of a Foundation or University program!?
      Last but not least, you can check out our activities addressed toward intercultural dialogue at Wish it can be useful and interesting for you as well.

      Comment by bloglbt — November 22, 2010 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  7. Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog. I work for a cultural organisation, but my blog is the outlet for my personal expression, and a wonderful way of making surprsing new acquaintances, like yourselves. Your web page jhas so many beautiful items, I love the idea of the Domes symposium, and the dance costume exhibitoon looks wonderful.

    Comment by timothyjonesiswriting — November 30, 2010 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

    • very interesting. which cultural organization you work for?

      Comment by bloglbt — December 3, 2010 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  8. Hi, I am a teacher at the British Council School in Madrid. My blog is not related to my job, and it’s a way for me to express myself in a personal way, not as a representative of the British Council. Thanks for asking.

    Comment by timothyjonesiswriting — December 3, 2010 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

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