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World Tourism Day observed on 27 September

Sep 27, 2013 13:02 IST

World Tourism DayWorld Tourism Day observed on 27 September 2013 across the world to bring awareness about the importance of tourism.

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

Theme for 2013: Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future
   
This year’s theme highlights tourism’s role in water access and shines a spotlight on the actions currently being taken by the sector in order to contribute to a more sustainable water future, as well as the challenges ahead.

As the most widely celebrated global day for tourism, the day represents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of tourism’s role in water access and shine a spotlight on the sector’s contribution to a more sustainable water future.

Background

World Tourism Day was first celebrated in 1980 by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) decided in September 1979 to institute World Tourism Day, which was first celebrated on 27 September 1980. 27 September  was chosen as the date for World Tourism Day because that date coincided with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on 27 September 1970.

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