27 September: World Tourism Day
The World Tourism Day was observed across the world on 27 September 2017 with the theme Sustainable Tourism - a Tool for Development. The major events for the day were organised in Doha, Qatar.
This year, the celebration of World Tourism Day focuses on how sustainable tourism can contribute to development of world. Sustainable tourism is defined as tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts.
Moreover, the year 2017 in itself is being celebrated as 'International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development' following the proclamation by UN General Assembly on 22 December 2015.
The year 2017 was chosen to ensure the positive impact of well-managed tourism on inclusive and equitable growth, sustainable development and peace.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in 1979 decided to institute World Tourism Day beginning from the year 1980. The Assembly chose to celebrate the Day on 27 September to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on 27 September 1970.
The main purpose to mark the day is to foster awareness of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value among the international community. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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