Last Updated on September 4, 2021 CareOurEarth
Date: Monday, 27 September 2021; 42nd Anniversary.
Sponsor: United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Objective: World Tourism Day is annually celebrated to raise and spread awareness of the role that tourism plays in our society, to highlight its impacts on social, cultural, and economic values worldwide, and to underline the efforts the tourism industry can make achieving the sustainable development goals.
Inception: It was officially held for the first time on September 27,1980.
In September 1979, at its 3rd session in Torremolinos, Spain, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to proclaim 27 September of each year as World Tourism Day, commencing in the year 1980. This date was chosen to coincide with an milestone in world tourism – the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on 27 September 1970.
In October 1997, at its 12th session in Istanbul, Turkey, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year to act as the organization’s partner in the celebration of World Tourism Day.
How to celebrate the Day
Learn, share, and actions!
Since 1980, many organizations and communities host a range of events every year, including seminars, lectures, conferences, educational programs, and social media campaigns, to raise and spread awareness of tourism-related issues.
Each year a specific theme is selected by the UNWTO General Assembly, on the recommendations of the UNWTO Executive Council, to raise awareness and promote innovative efforts.
Annual theme in recent years:
2021 theme: “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”
2020 theme: “Tourism and Rural Development”
2019 theme: “Tourism and Jobs: A Better Future for All”
2018 theme: “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”
2017 theme: “Sustainable Tourism”
2016 theme: “Promoting Universal Accessibility”
2015 theme: “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities”