Macedonian Town Risks Losing UNESCO Heritage Status to Development
Teens relax on a small boat on Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. Andreas Lehner / Flickr
Ohrid’s thriving tourism industry is attracting developers with ambitious resort plans, but its old-world charm are precisely what keeps visitors intrigued by one of Europe’s oldest towns.
Excerpt from Radio Free Europe
Proposed large-scale developments in the Macedonian lakeside city of Ohrid could see the picturesque town lose its much-coveted UNESCO heritage status.
Losing its status as a World Heritage site would be a blow to the popular tourist destination, which is one of just 28 locations worldwide to have been listed by UNESCO in both its culture and nature categories.
Given all the attractions it has for tourists, it is perhaps inevitable that Ohrid will attract ambitious developers, much to the chagrin of conservationists.