UNWTO Current Affairs
The World Tourism Day (WTD) is being observed every year on 27th September to raise awareness about importance of tourism. Observance of day aims to foster awareness among international community of importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
The theme of this year’s World Tourism Day is ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’. It seeks to show importance of digitally advanced tourism sector for improving entrepreneurship, inclusion, local community empowerment and efficient resource management, amongst other important development objectives. It further explores opportunities provided to tourism by technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms.
The World Tourism Day marks adaptation of Statutes of UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) on September 27, 1970. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on role of tourism within international community. It also seeks to demonstrate the impact of tourism sector on social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism was held in Seoul, capital of South Korea from 16 to 19 September, 2018. The theme of the summit was ‘A 2030 Vision for Urban Tourism’. The summit was co-organized by World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Seoul Metropolitan Government and supported by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea Korea Tourism Organization and Seoul Tourism Organization.
UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism
The summit provided unique platform to discuss key issues shaping future of urban tourism in the context of the 2030 Urban Agenda. It had brought together high-level representatives from National Tourism Administrations, city authorities and related stakeholders, serving as platform to exchange experiences and expertise. It et shared vision on urban tourism that embraces innovation, digital transformation and sustainability.
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
UNWTO is United Nations agency responsible for promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It is leading international organization in the field of tourism, which promotes tourism as driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability. Its membership includes 156 countries, 6 territories and over 500 affiliate members representing private sector, tourism associations and local tourism authorities etc. Its headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain.
UNWTO offers leadership and support to sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. It serves as global forum for tourism policy issues and practical source of tourism knowledge. It encourages implementation of Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to maximize contribution of tourism to socio-economic development, while minimizing its possible negative impacts. It is committed to promoting tourism as instrument in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards eliminating poverty and fostering sustainable development and peace worldwide.