WORLD TOURISM DAY: SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

 

WORLD TOURISM DAY

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) World Tourism Day is annually held on September 27 to raise awareness on the benefits of tourism.

Local names

Name Language
World Tourism Day English
Día Mundial del Turismo Spanish
עולם יום תיירות Hebrew
يوم السياحة العالمي Arabic
세계 관광의 날 Korean
Welttourismustag German

World Tourism Day 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

World Tourism Day 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Many people around celebrate the United Nations’ (UN) World Tourism Day, which is on September 27 each year. The day aims to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

An senior couple with a camera, touring on vacation.

World Tourism Day recognizes the importance of tourists and the tourism industry across the globe.

©iStockphoto.com/Alex Nikada

What do people do?

The United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) invites people worldwide to participate in World Tourism Day on September 27 every year.  The UNWTO Secretary-General annually sends out a message to the general public to mark the occasion. Many tourism enterprises and organizations, as well as government agencies with a special interest in tourism, celebrate the event with various special events and festivities.

Different types of competitions, such as photo competitions promoting tourism, as well as tourism award presentations in areas such as ecotourism, are held on World Tourism Day. Other activities include free entries, discounts or special offers for the general public to any site of tourism interest. Government and community leaders, as tourism business representatives, may make public announcements or offer special tours or fares to promote both their region and World Tourism Day on or around September 27.

Public life

The World Tourism Day is a UN observance and it is not a public holiday.

 Background

Tourism has experienced continued growth and deeper diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. ‎Modern tourism is closely linked to development and includes more new destinations for tourists. These dynamics turned tourism into a key driver for socio-‎economic progress.‎ Tourism has become one of the major players in ‎international commerce, and represents at the same time one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries.

The UNWTO decided in late September 1979 to institute World Tourism Day, which was first celebrated on September 27, 1980. September 27 was chosen as the date for World Tourism Day because that date coincided with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on September 27, 1970.

The UNWTO believes that the date for World Tourism Day is appropriate because it comes at the end of the high tourist season in the northern hemisphere and the start of the tourist season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is of topical interest to many people worldwide, particularly travelers and those working in the tourism sector. Each year has a different theme – for example, “Tourism – Celebrating Diversity” was designated as the theme for 2009, with Ghana as the event’s host country for that year.

World Tourism Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Thu Sep 27 1990 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Fri Sep 27 1991 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 27 1992 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Mon Sep 27 1993 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Tue Sep 27 1994 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Wed Sep 27 1995 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Fri Sep 27 1996 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sat Sep 27 1997 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 27 1998 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Mon Sep 27 1999 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Wed Sep 27 2000 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Thu Sep 27 2001 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Fri Sep 27 2002 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sat Sep 27 2003 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Mon Sep 27 2004 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Tue Sep 27 2005 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Wed Sep 27 2006 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Thu Sep 27 2007 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sat Sep 27 2008 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 27 2009 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Mon Sep 27 2010 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Tue Sep 27 2011 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Thu Sep 27 2012 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Fri Sep 27 2013 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sat Sep 27 2014 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 27 2015 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Tue Sep 27 2016 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Wed Sep 27 2017 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Thu Sep 27 2018 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Fri Sep 27 2019 World Tourism Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 27 2020 World Tourism Day United Nations observance

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