Since Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary were recognized as UNESCO world cultural heritages on December 4, 1999, the problems of restoration, preservation and promotion of heritage values have always been challenges.
The revival of these two heritages in the past 21 years has been recorded. Both Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary have been well-preserved.
Besides, a lot of tangible and intangible values related to the cultural heritages have been restored.
According to UNESCO experts, Hoi An becomes a brand name, a popular tourist attraction to domestic and foreign visitors. It is also a lesson of heritage management and conservation.
In the area of My Son Sanctuary, community tourism is considered as the key for heritage conservation and promotion. The number of visitors to My Son is steadily increasing over time.
However, the restoration and conservation of the heritages are under the bad impact of climate change when more and more hurricanes and floods occur.
Also, the Covid-19 epidemic has had negative influences on the development of the heritage areas.
It’s the time for localities of heritages to change their views, not to depend so much on mass tourism as visitors are now afraid of going to crowded places in the complicated context of the epidemic.
The development of tourism should be accompanied by environmental protection and a great respect for indigenous culture.