World Tourism Day

When is World Tourism Day?

World Tourism Day is a global holiday aimed to celebrate all the benefits of international tourism. From increased cultural awareness to the economic benefits, there are many facets of tourism that benefit people from all corners of the world. This holiday is celebrated every September 27th.

History

The idea for World Tourism Day stems from efforts made by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization, which was established in 1970. In 1979, the UNWTO voted to create a holiday to address modern tourism. As more and more countries become developed, tourists are flocking to these areas to seek out new cultural experiences. Not only do such experiences help to increase intercultural awareness and communication, but they are also a great source of revenue for the hosting countries. In fact, tourism has quickly become one of the biggest economic divisions worldwide. The United Nations created World Tourism Day to increase awareness of the importance of tourism, while also providing education on the importance of it.

The UNWTO decided to make September 27th World Tourism Day for a few of reasons. First, the idea of the holiday came about around the same time of year in 1979. Also, the UNWTO was established on September 27th in 1970. Furthermore, the organization sought to pick a universally accepted date for tourism worldwide. In the northern hemisphere, late September is warm enough to travel without conditions being overly hot in many regions. In the southern hemisphere, tourism is at its peak in late September, as many people seek out the warmth of tropical regions. The first World Tourism Day was celebrated on September 27, 1980.

Celebrations and Observations

Many nations celebrate World Tourism Day by encouraging people to go on vacation. During this time of year, you may notice advertisements for special vacation destinations in your own area, as well as those from other nations beckoning you to come and visit. Some theme parks, hotels, museums and historic points of interest offer discount prices on September 27th to encourage tourism.

While traveling is at the very essence of World Tourism Day, this date is not a public holiday. Instead, it’s designed as a day of observance, with perhaps some special events strewn in along the way. Businesses and government institutions remain open on World Tourism Day. Instead, you may wish to plan an advanced vacation around the holiday as a way of celebrating – especially if you have the opportunity to go somewhere new on discount. The purpose of World Tourism Day is to learn about all the benefits of being a global traveler, and not to just simply take the day off from work.

Special Themes

The United Nations’ World Tourism Organization comes up with a different theme each year to address World Tourism Day. A different country may also host the organization’s celebrations. The first theme in 1980’s World Tourism Day was: “Tourism’s Contribution to the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.” Other past themes include: “Tourism for Development,” “Tourism and Energetic Sustainability,” “Tourism Enriches,” and “Tourism Opens Doors for Women.” The theme for 2013 is “Tourism and Water” in order to recognize the International Year of Water Cooperation.



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