The network of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Switzerland
For more than 10 years, the association World Heritage Experience Switzerland (WHES) has been promoting the interests of its members in the field of UNESCO World Heritage in Switzerland.
What was initially set up in the field of tourism has been extended in recent years to the fields of mediation and management. To this end, we are committed to a holistic approach to the World Heritage. Following the motto "You only protect well what you know well", we try to reduce conflicts between protection and use. The different actors of the association are networked through WHES and benefit from common synergies.
WHES promotes and coordinates unique and high-quality experiences. These contribute to the sustainable development of universal values and (tourist) use on site. The main activities cover the following sectors:
- Knowledge Management
- Development of products and offers
- Quality Assurance
WHES is also committed to long-term cooperation with the European World Heritage Associations and promotes this transnational exchange.
The association is financed by membership and partner fees as well as by contributions from the Confederation and the cantons in the form of a temporary project within the framework of the New Regional Policy (NPR).
The association employs three people, i.e. 220 % of the total workforce. Thanks to constant exchange with members and the committee, World Heritage sites are involved in decision-making processes in the best possible way.