Happy World Tourism Day! Official ceremonies are being conducted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Qatar with events dedicated to the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Other tourism industry events are taking place across the globe.
World Tourism Day has been celebrated on Sept. 27 since 1980, the day in which the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) entered into force. Peace and Dialogue, Energy, Accessibility, World Heritage and Water and Tourism have been some of the topics tackled on the 37 previous editions of World Tourism Day.
“Last year alone, 1.235 million travellers crossed international borders in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “The question, as we celebrate World Tourism Day 2017, is how we can enable this powerful global transformative force, these 1.8 billion opportunities, to contribute to make this world a better place and to advance sustainable development in all its three pillars? This World Tourism Day, whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to respect nature, respect culture and respect your host.”
The UNWTO event will be structured around two sessions, focused on ‘Tourism as a driver of economic growth’, and ‘Tourism and the Planet: committed to a greener future’. In addition, a high-level think tank will be conducted with the aim of opening the debate on the potential of the sector to enhance cultural preservation and mutual understanding.
The UNWTO is asking the calls upon the tourism community to share its celebrations at www.wtd.unwto.org .
Sept. 27 is World Tourism Day.