World Tourism Day has been celebrated every year on 27 September since 1980. The date marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Statutes of the Organization in 1970. The date paves the way for the establishment of UNWTO five years later.
World Tourism Day 2022 Theme
The Theme for World Tourism Day 2022 is “Rethinking Tourism.” This year’s celebration will be hosted by Indonesia. This is the opportunity to rethink how the tourism sector can be more sustainable, inclusive and resilience
History of World Tourism Day 2022
Late Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi from Nigeria, was the one who proposed the idea of marking September 27 as World Tourism Day. He was recognized for his contribution in 2009. The colour of World Tourism Day is Blue. 27 September was the day in 1970, when the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.
The adoption of Statutes is considered a big milestone in global tourism. The important purpose of this day is to raise awareness regarding the role of tourism within the international community. It indicate how tourism affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
In October 1997, at the Twelfth Session which held in Istanbul, Turkey, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year in the celebration of World Tourism Day.
In October 2003 at the Fifteenth Session in Beijing, China, the UNWTO Assembly decided the following geographic order to be followed for World Tourism Day celebrations.
Significance of World Tourism Day
The significance of World Tourism Day is to raise awareness regarding the importance of tourism in affecting the social, cultural, political and economic values of the international community.
It is very important to raise awareness regarding the tourism sector as it provides employment to millions of people and some countries’ economies are solely dependent upon Tourism.
Traveling to different countries is fun and fascinating but people need to consider sustainable traveling. Sustainable traveling does not hamper the place and it helps in maintaining balance in nature as well.