World Tourism Day on 27th September [ Current Affairs ]

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27th September is the World Tourism Day (WTD) to remind the importance and immense benefits of universal accessibility to tourism. Its purpose to foster international awareness about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic value.

Image of World Tourism Day

Image of World Tourism Day

Image of World Tourism Day

Significance of the Word Tourism Day

To foster international awareness about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic value.

  • ‘Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility’ is the theme for 2016 World Tourism Day.
  • Many different programs related to the cleanliness, security etc. are arranged.
  • Focus is also to improve relation with tourists to raise tourism ratio in India.
  • Union Tourism Ministry will motivate the cleanliness initiative.
  • Union Government banned polythene at all tourist spots. The ban will be imposed from 2nd October 2016 on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Swachh Paryatan Run’ a special sightseeing tour of the monuments and museums will be started in Delhi for Divyang children.

Background

  • The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has founded the World Tourism Day on September 27, 1970 but the celebration started from 1980.
  • The main aim of this day is to raise awareness within the international community.
  • The day also remarks on the impact of tourism sector on social, cultural, political, and economic values worldwide.
  • Every year as decided by UNWTO, one country hosts World Tourism Day.

Host Countries from Last Few Years

  • Europe in 2006
  • South Asia in 2007
  • Americas in 2008
  • Africa in 2009
  • Middle East in 2011

About United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the

  • Promotion of responsible, sustainable, and unanimously available tourism.
  • Supports tourism as a driver of financial growth, inclusive development, and conservational sustainability
  • Offer leadership and support to the sector by sourcing knowledge and promoting right tourism policies worldwide.
  • Inspire the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to maximize the impact of tourism on socio-economic development, while minimizing its conceivable negative impacts.
  • Endorse tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards dropping deficiency and fostering sustainable development.

- Published on: September 27, 2016