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27 September: World Tourism Day

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 ‘sustainable tourism – a tool for development’. It is dedicated for exploring contribution of tourism to Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable tourism takes full account of tourism sector’s current and future economic, social and environmental impacts along with addressing needs of visitors, industry, environment and host communities. It aims to make optimal use of environmental resources, respect host communities and ensure viable, long-term economic operations so that benefits are equitably distributed among all stakeholders.

In India, to mark this day, President Ram Nath Kovind gave away National Tourism Awards and also launched Incredible India 2.0 Campaign in New Delhi.

Background

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.

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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.

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