World Tourism Day
World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated worldwide every 27th September.The mission of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. WTD is commemorated under different themes on 27 September each yearsince 1980
by appropriate events on themes selected by the WTO (World Tourism Organization) General Assembly. The World Tourism Organization is the leading international tourism body and a specialized agency of the United Nations with a seat inMadrid, Spain
. Its membership is comprised of 146MemberStates, seven Associate Members and more than 300 Affiliate Members representing the private sector. For more information visit:
The theme of this year’s WTD is“Travel and Transport: From the Imagination of Jules Verne to 21st Century Reality”.
Establishment of the World Tourism Day
It was at its third session (Torremolinos, Spain, September 1979), that the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) decided to institute, commencing in the year 1980. WORLD TOURISM DAY
is to be commemorated on 27 September each year by appropriate events on themes selected by the General Assembly, on recommendation of WTO's Executive Council. This date was chosen to coincide with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the WTO Statutes on 27 September 1970.
The main purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.
The timing of World Tourism Day is indeed particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is of topical interest to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide from all walks of life and to tourists and the operational sector in particular.
The Organization invites all interested parties to take part on 27 September each year in the special celebrations taking place in their respective country or holiday destination.
The WTO Secretary-General issues a message each year to mark the occasion.
Host Countries for the World Tourism Day
By resolution 376 (XII) adopted at its Twelfth Session (Istanbul, Turkey October 1997) and on the recommendation of the Executive Council, the WTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year as the Organization's partner for celebrating World Tourism Day.1999
Islamic Republic of Iran2002
Themes of the World Tourism Day1980
Tourism's contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage and to peace and mutual understanding1981
Tourism and the quality of life1982
Pride in travel: good guests and good hosts1983
Travel and holidays are a right but also a responsibility for all1984
Tourism for international understanding, peace and cooperation1985
Youth Tourism: cultural and historical heritage for peace and friendship1986
Tourism: a vital force for world peace1987
Tourism for development1988
Tourism: education for all1989
The free movement of tourists creates one world1990
Tourism: an unrecognized industry, a service to be released ("The Hague Declaration on Tourism")1991
Communication, information and education: powerlines of tourism development1992
Tourism: a factor of growing social and economic solidarity and of encounter between people1993
Tourism development and environmental protection: towards a lasting harmony1994
Quality staff, quality tourism1995
WTO: serving world tourism for twenty years1996
Tourism: a factor of tolerance and peace1997
Tourism: a leading activity of the twenty-first century for job creation and environmental protection1998
Public-private sector partnership: the key to tourism development and promotion1999
Tourism: preserving world heritage for the new millennium2000
Technology and nature: two challenges for tourism at the dawn of the twenty-first century2001
Tourism: a toll for peace and dialogue among civilizations2002
Ecotourism, the key to sustainable development2003
Tourism: a driving force for poverty alleviation, job creation and social harmony2004
Sport and tourism: two living forces for mutual understanding, culture and the development of societies2005
Travel and transport: from the imaginary of Jules Verne to the reality of the 21st century
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