World Tourism Day is observed on September 27 of every year. Traveling around the place will let us know about new places, customs, traditions, and people. Tourism is travel made both locally and internationally for fun and enjoyment. Get to know new places on Tourism Day to broaden your world. World Tourism Day is celebrated to bring awareness among the people about the international community, the importance of tourism, and how it affects social, cultural, political, and economic values.
“In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion.” – Robert Runcie
History of World Tourism Day
World Tourism Day was established by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the year 1980. The reason for celebrating the day on September 27 is on the same date in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. In global tourism, the adoption of these Statutes is considered to be a milestone. The UNWTO Secretary-General will send out a message to the general public annually to mark the occasion. The UNWTO believes that the date for World Tourism Day is appropriate for the following reasons. Each year, Tourism Day has a different theme for its celebration. World Tourism Day 2017 theme is “Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development.” The day comes at the end of the high tourist season in the northern hemisphere, and in the southern hemisphere, it is the start of the tourist season. Tourism is of topical interest to numerous people worldwide, especially travelers and those working in the tourism sector.
The celebration of Tourism Day is to provide universally accessible Tourism for all. Tourism benefits both the tourist and the tourist locations that they visit. Tourism is one of the primary drivers of economic growth. Government agencies, tourism enterprises, and other organizations are working with a special interest in tourism to celebrate the event with many special events and carnivals. Tourism is a trip made for recreational, vacation, or business purposes.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people “traveling to and staying in places outside their normal environment for not more than one continuous year for leisure, business, and other purposes.” The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism helps in increasing the tourism benefits and thus minimizing its impact and thereby protecting the people, cultures, and environments of the locations where people visit and experience. World Tourism Day portrays the incredible diversity and beauty of the planet we live on to the people globally. On this day, several competitions will be held, like photo competitions that help in promoting tourism, tourism award presentations in areas such as ecotourism, and much more will be conducted. Other notable activities include free entries, discounts, or special offers will be offered. To promote the region and World Tourism Day, the government and community leaders, as tourism business representatives, may give public announcements or offer special trips or fares.
Other Celebrations on September 27
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How to Celebrate the Day
You can plan for a local or international tour to learn more about that spot in terms of customs, traditions, languages, food habits, and more. If you are in a tourist location, try to collect information about how tourism helps increase that country’s economic growth. Avail of the discounts and offers provided by organizations around this date. Explore the world to enjoy its beauty, and tell your family and friends about your tourism experience. You can post and share your celebrations on social media using the hashtag #WorldTourismDay.
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