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Michel Adment & Bernard Dragon 2010, Indian Heritage Passport Programme on Chettinad Heritage Trail in Tamil Nadu, UNESCO/ArcHe-S

In support to Indian Government's efforts to link tourism with local empowerment, UNESCO launched the concept of the Indian Heritage Passport Programme, with the endorsement of the Union Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

The Indian Heritage Passport Programme is a means to market quality tourism destinations; facilities and initiatives which encourage the holistic protection and promotion of local cultural and natural heritage, the education of travelers and concern the local environment and local employment generation. Chettinad complete the above criteria and is promoted under this program.  For more information on this program, you can upload the leaflet published by UNESCO.

In the framework of this programme, UNESCO and ArcHe-S have co-published a concept paper in 2010 Indian Heritage Passport Programme On Chettinad Heritage Trail in Tamil Nadu which can be upload. A French version is also available Le Passeport du Patrimoine Indien, Itinéraire du Chettinad au Tamil Nadu.

The document gives meticulous listing of various aspects that constitute the overall cultural landscape of the Chettinad region in a hope to guide the work of the Government of Tamil Nadu in their future heritage-based tourism development.