Published Date :27 Sep, 2015
“Every time we travel, we become part of a global movement that has the power to drive positive change for our planet and all people.”
- Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary - General
United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27 since 1980. This date September 27 was chosen in 1970 when the laws of UNWTO were adopted. The main purpose of the World Tourism Day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the International community and to show how it affects social, economic, cultural, political values worldwide.
The UNWTO General Assembly held in Istanbul, Turkey in October 1997, decided to allocate a host country each year to act as the Organization partner to celebrate the World Tourism Day. The 5th session held in China Beijing in October 2003, decided to follow the geographic order in various countries one after another.UNWTO invites people of all ages and backgrounds to hold and take part in celebrations in their respective country or holiday destination, official WTD celebrations take place in a UNWTO Member State, on the basis of geographic rotation.UNWTO is assisting its members to asses and alleviate the risks of tourism by organizing the programs of Sustainable Development of Tourism. The projects and the activities are guided to develop, plan and implement crisis management
UNWTO ensures the safe and efficient movement of travelers. It focuses on the health standards and health information related especially to International level. UNWTO coordinates with the World Health Organization in the areas of health related issues. UNWTO conducts various workshops with their key features on Regional Capacity building, Emergency planning for Tourism, Tourism Risk Analysis, Early Warning and Mapping, Crisis coordination at the national and International Level, Crisis, communications, Tourism Product Development in difficult environments, Recovery techniques, and Emergency assistance etc.