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World Tourism Day
27 September 2018
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of September, repeating indefinitely
27 September every year: Raising awareness of the importance of tourism and its impacts worldwide.
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.
Each year has a particular theme. The theme for 2017 was “Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development” focusing on how sustainable tourism can contribute to development. 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 http://ethics.unwto.org/en/content/full-text-global-code-ethics-tourism
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: www.tourismconcern.org.uk.