UNWTO Current Affairs - 2020

Abu Dhabi selected as World’s leading Sports Tourism Destination

Abu Dhabi has been selected as the World’s leading Sports Tourism Destination for seventh time in a row. This time the coveted award was conferred at 26th edition of World Travel Awards (WTA), being held in Muscat, Oman.

In 2019, Abu Dhabi gained many prestigious accolades, including being selected as Best City Break at UK’s Selling Travel Agents’ Choice Awards and West Asia’s Leading Business Tourism Destination at the West Asia edition of WTA.

Why was Abu Dhabi Awarded?

Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, has been making strides within sports tourism by developing and promoting sports facilities and events.  In early 2019, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi had announced a 5-year partnership with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for hosting annual premier fixtures in capital as part of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week. Also, recently the emirates has won the rights to host 2020 FINA Short Course World Championship.

Abu Dhabi has shined as a premium destination for sports tourism once again this year, after hosting some of the world’s top sporting events like: FIFA Club World Cup 2017 and 2018, the first edition of UAE Tour, the UFC 242 showdown, the Special Olympics World Games 2019, the AFC Asian Cup 2019, and the Brazil vs South Korea international friendly match.

Abu Dhabi also continues to play host to annual acclaimed sports events including Formula 1 Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon and the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

About World Travel Awards (WTA)

WTA was established in 1993. They are made annually by an international jury of hospitality experts and peers, mainly from World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The awards are given both on an overall world-level basis, and on 8 international region-levels. It acknowledges and rewards excellence across all key sectors of hospitality, travel and tourism industries.

NOTE: The United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO), has labelled Sports tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors of tourism worldwide.

UNWTO selects India as host country to celebrate World Tourism Day 2019

The World Tourism Day which observed globally on 27 September is hosted by a different country every year. India has been selected as the host country for celebration of World Tourism Day 2019 by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This is for the very first time that India will host the day in its National Capital, New Delhi.

World Tourism Day 2019: Host Country

India was selected as the host country as it has a distinct geographical existence than the rest of Asia. Moreover, India offers a tourist several tourism options, varied cuisines, history, arts, language, music forms, faiths, adventures and places among others.

As India is the host country for World Tourism Day 2019, therefore the event around 2019 theme ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’ will take place in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi from 26-28 September 2019.

This is the first time that India will be hosting World Tourism Day.

About World Tourism Day

It is observed every year globally on 27 September with the aim of raising awareness about importance of tourism among global community as well as to encourage its social, political, cultural and economic values. The celebrations of World Tourism Day have been led by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) since 1970.

World Tourism Day 2019 Theme“Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all”, is in line with UNWTO’s overall emphasis on skills, education and jobs throughout the year.

About United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

It is the United Nations specialized agency which works towards promoting sustainable, responsible and universally accessible tourism.

It was founded 43 years ago on October 1975. It is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

Parent organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO).

Members: 158 countries, 6 territories and more than 500 affiliate members. Its members represents educational institutions, private sector, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.