COLOMBO | Thursday September 19, 2019 | NewsLanka | by Claude Gunasekera | Sri Lanka Tourism has planned to celebrate the World Tourism Day on September 27 with a two-day celebration. The theme set by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for this year (2019) is ‘Tourism and Jobs: A Better Future for All’. India has been chosen as the host country to celebrate World Tourism Day 2019.
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.
The theme of World Tourism Day 2018 was “Tourism and Cultural Protection” and for 2017 was “Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development”. Tourism has an instrumental role in promoting cultural knowledge and awareness, offering the necessary tools and public opinion support in protecting world heritage.
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Tourism Minister John Amaratunga and a delegation participated in the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia from September 9-13. Over 1,000 participants from 124 countries discussed issues relevant to travel and tourism with responsible and sustainable tourism being the key theme of this year.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority announced its sincere gratitude to the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and the Asia & Pacific Team for the continuous support and encouragement extended to them during their stay.