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World Tourism Day

Taking place on 27th September every year.

Raising awareness of the importance of tourism and its impacts worldwide.

Updated 12 months ago

September 27 was established as World Tourism Day by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The aim of the day is to raise awareness that tourism is vital to the international community and to show how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. For further details, visit the World Tourism Day page on the UNWTO website.

The UNWTO has developed a Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, "to help minimise the negative impacts of tourism on the environment and on cultural heritage while maximising the benefits for residents of tourism destinations". It includes sections on 'The Responsible Tourist', 'Trips for travellers' and 'Sustainable development'. It might be a useful tool to prompt discussions at secondary or post-16 level. You can download it from

To find further teaching resources on the Global Dimension database which can help you mark World Tourism Day in your school, browse through the ones listed under the topic of Tourism.

You can also read through our article on Tourism for more ideas and background information.

Tourism Concern is a UK-based charity working to ensure that tourism always benefits local people. You can find useful information and teaching resources on their website:

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