Denmark tipped to gain two UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Panel will decide this weekend whether to add the Wadden Sea and Stevns Cliff to the list

Step aside, the Serengeti, the Grand Canyon and the Galapagos Islands, and make room for two little ones!

Because the Danish section of the Wadden Sea, an area off the coast of southwestern Jutland that is rich in biological diversity, and Stevns Cliff in southeastern Zealand are tipped to be included among the world's grandest pearls of nature: the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is meeting this weekend to decide whether the sea and cliffs should become Denmark’s first two natural heritage sites.

Denmark already has three UNESCO cultural sites: Roskilde Cathedral, Kronborg Castle and the Jelling Mounds.

Boost for tourism
Tourism expert Lise Lyck from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) believes that their selection will have a big impact on tourism.

“It means a lot more than one thinks,” she told Jyllands-Posten.

“The appointment of natural and cultural heritage sites has become a driver of tourism world over.”

According to UNESCO, tourism at its sites tends to increase by between 30 and 60 percent following their inclusion on the list.

Stevns Cliff, whose origins date back 65 million years to the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs, already gets 100,000 visitors.