World Tourism Day

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World Tourism Day

Every time we travel for some reason we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive even development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage.

Each year since 1980, on the 27th of September, the purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

In 1977, the UNWTO, (United Nations World Tourism Organisation), in a General Assembly decided to designate a host country every year to be the OrganisationÕs partner in the celebration of World Tourism Day. In October 2003, the Assembly decided the geographic order to be followed for World Tourism Day celebrations: 2008 in America; 2009 in Africa and 2011 in the Middle East. This year the world tourism day was celebrated in Burkina Faso, Africa, with the theme; millions of tourists, millions of opportunities.

By Biggles Tollefors

Student at CET Services