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Published on : Saturday, August 12, 2017
This year’s World Tourism Day would be officially celebrated in Qatar. Celebrated since 1980 on September 27, this year’s World Tourism Day will be focusing on Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development. Celebrated in line with the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the Day will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To quotethe UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, “Last year alone, 1.235 million travelers 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 will be structured around two sessions, focused on ‘Tourism as a driver of economic growth’, and ‘Tourism and the Planet: committed to a greener future’.
There will also be the presentation of the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy, which depends on sustainable approaches. The initiative is aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030, which focuses on Economic, Social and Human Development and prioritizes tourism as a catalyst to progress towards a more diversified economy. Along with Qatar, the WTD will also be celebrated across the world.
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