Nordic World Heritage VR-Stories

About the project

Nordic World Heritage VR-Stories is all about bringing the world heritage into the virtual world. In so doing ensuring the heritage relevance, visibility, accessibility and sustainability. 
 

With the fast advancement in digital technology and the gaming industry many World Heritage sites faces the challenge of staying relevant in a virtual world. Technology is offering challenges and opportunities alike and digital dissemination is becoming an increasingly important part of marketing. The Decorate Farmhouses of Hälsingland have more information about the project on their website.

Project outline

September 2021 to 2024

The purpose of this project is to understand and address the barriers for working strategically with sustainable tourism at Nordic World Heritage sites. The Nordic region currently has 42 World Heritage properties representing beacons in heritage protection as well as key assets in national tourism promotion. With the increasing growth in tourism to many World Heritage sites and the political attention to its socioeconomic potentials, strengthening the sustainability of tourism and heritage protection at and around World Heritage properties is an on-going challenge across the region.

Partners involved

Partners of Nordic World Heritage Association 

The project was initiated by the team at World Heritage Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland. They front the project, took care of managing the funding application and overseeing the budget plan. Other members of the project are:
Kongernes Jelling, Kvarken Archipelago, Røros Mining Town and the Circumference and Thingvellir National Park

Results

The project is undergoing. Team members from different sites will meet regularly in online meetings. Then workshops will be held at each place through the project period. Members have expectations of that the project will be  a network for the the whole Nordic part of World Heritage Sites that works or want to work with XR. The purpose is to start and from a choosen five World Heritage sites and make the network grow. The particpants from start are five World Heritage Sites in five different countrys.