World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27th each year and is designed to bring attention to the importance of tourism to the international community. Countries all over the world, both large and small, depend on tourism for their economic survival and to showcase their cultural, social, and political values.

This day was established on September 27th because that is when the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) statutes were originally adopted.

History of World Tourism Day

On September 27th, 1970, the International Union of Official Travel Organizations (IUOTO) held a Special Assembly meeting in Mexico City and adopted the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization. Ten years later, in 1980, the day was officially recognized as World Tourism Day.
Today, the purpose of World Tourism Day is to raise its profile in the public eye and to show the general public how tourism affects not only the economic values of a country or region but also its social, political, and cultural values.
At its session in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 1997, the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year to act as a partner during the celebration of World Tourism Day. In 2006, Europe was chosen, and in 2011, the Middle East was chosen.

World Tourism Day Customs & Celebrations

World Tourism Day is celebrated in various ways. Amusement parks, museums, and other cultural venues that aim to attract tourists and foster tourism usually offer some form of free or reduced entry on this day.
However, one of the most significant ways to celebrate World Tourism Day is to choose a country you want to visit and visit it. Every year, there is a different theme for World Tourism Day.
The theme of the first one in 1980 was “Tourism’s contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage and to peace and mutual understanding.” In 1991, the theme was “Communication, information, and education: power lines of tourism development,” and in 2016, it was “Tourism For All.”

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 27 Friday
Next year (2025)
September 27 Saturday
Last year (2023)
September 27 Wednesday
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