World Tourism Day this year will focus on sustainable tourism

Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017

World Tourism DayThis year’s World Tourism Day, to be held on 27 September, will be focusing on Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development. The WTD would be celebrated in line with the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 
World Tourism Day has been celebrated since 1980 on September 27. Peace and Dialogue, Energy, Accessibility, World Heritage and Water and Tourism have been some of the topics discussed on the 37 previous editions of World Tourism Day.

 
To quote the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, “Last year alone, 1.235 million travellers crossed international borders in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion. The question, as we celebrate World Tourism Day 2017, is how we can enable this powerful global transformative force, these 1.8 billion opportunities, to contribute to make this world a better place and to advance sustainable development in all its three pillars. This World Tourism Day, whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to respect nature, respect culture and respect your host.”

 
The official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2017 will be held in Qatar, as decided by the UNWTO General Assembly. On the Agenda will also be the presentation of the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy, which advances sustainable approaches. Along with the events conducted in Qatar, the World Tourism Day will be celebrated throughout the world.

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