World Tourism Day: Know date, theme, history and  significance 

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World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on 27 September since 1980. It is this date on which the adoption of the Statutes of the Organization in 1970 was made.  The date paved the way for the establishment of UNWTO after five years.

World Tourism Day Theme

The Theme for World Tourism Day 2022 is “Rethinking Tourism.” Indonesia shall host this year’s celebration extending an opportunity to rethink how the tourism sector can be more sustainable, inclusive and resilience


Late Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi from Nigeria proposed the idea of marking September 27 as World Tourism Day. 27 September was the day in 1970, when the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.

It is considered a big milestone in global tourism. The important purpose of this day is to raise awareness regarding the role of tourism within the international community. It indicate how tourism affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

In October 1997, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year in the celebration of World Tourism Day at the Twelfth Session which held in Istanbul, Turkey.

In October 2003, the  UNWTO Assembly decided the following geographic order to be followed for World Tourism Day celebrations. This was held at the Fifteenth Session in Beijing, China


The significance of World Tourism Day is to raise awareness regarding the importance of tourism in affecting the social, cultural, political and economic values of the international community.

It is very important to raise awareness regarding the tourism sector as it provides employment to millions of people and some countries’ economies are solely dependent upon Tourism.

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