UNWTO Current Affairs

7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism held in Seoul

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.

Functions

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.

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27 September: World Tourism Day

The World Tourism Day (WTD) is being observed annually on 27th September to raise awareness about the importance of tourism.

Significance of the day: To foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

2016 Theme:Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility’. It seeks to spread both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility of tourism.

Celebrations

  • Celebrating the day, India will focus on cleanliness, security and better connectivity of tourist areas to boost tourism in the country.
  • Union Tourism Ministry will give impetus to the cleanliness initiative.
  • Government has decided to ban polythene at all tourist spots from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Besides,’Swachh Paryatan Run’ will be flagged off and a special sightseeing tour of the monuments and museums in Delhi for Divyang children will be organised.

Background

  • The World Tourism Day marks adaptation of Statutes of the UNWTO 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 the role of tourism within the international community.
  • It also seeks to demonstrate the impact of tourism sector on social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

Month: Categories: International Current Affairs 2018

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