In 2014, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. For the past several decades, people from every corner of the world have travelled to the Westhoek to visit the many cemeteries, monuments and museums, which testify to the tragic and dramatic events of the past. The number of these visits will not decrease during the centenary celebrations. Quite the reverse. For this reason, it is important to be well prepared, so that we can offer our many visitors a high quality visit with first-rate accommodation. It is crucial to strike the right note. We need to approach the stories and the inheritance left to us by the First World War in the right manner.
Seven basic principles set out the framework for an ethical and multi-voiced remembrance tourism programme during the centenary commemorations of the First World War.