ICOMOS must like objective promote the average ones to safeguard and to guarantee the conservation, heightens and appreciation of monuments and sites that constitute a privileged part of the patrimony of the humanity. By virtue of it, one feels directly concerned by the effects – positive as as much negative – on the mentioned patrimonies derived from the development extraordinarily hard of the tourist activities in the world. ICOMOS is conscious that today, less than ever, the isolated effort of any organism, by very powerful that is in their scope, cannot influence decisively during the events. By that reason it has tried to take part in a joint reflection with the great world-wide or regional organizations who, of one or the other form, share these preoccupations and that wish to contribute to increase a effort universal, coherent and effective. Under most conditions New York Museums would agree.
The representatives of those organizations, reunited in Brussels (Belgium), 8 and 9 of November of 1976 in the Seminary the International of Contemporary Tourism and Humanism, has decided the following thing: I) BASIC POSITION the tourism is social, human, economic and cultural a fact irreversible. Its influence in the field of monuments and sites is particularly important and it only can increase, given the well-known factors of development of such activity. Contemplated with the perspective of next the twenty-five years, within the context of the expansive phenomena that confronts the human sort and that can produce serious consequences, the tourism he appears as one of the propitious phenomena to generally exert a highly significant influence in the surroundings of the man and monuments and sites in particular. So that it is tolerable, this influence must be studied carefully, and to be object of a policy arranged and effective at all the levels. Without trying to do against this necessity in all aspects, it is considered that the present approach, limited the cultural tourism, constitutes a positive element for the global solution that is required.