Today, 27th September is World Tourism Day. This year’s theme is ”Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility”.
At its Twelfth Session in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 1997, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year to act as the Organization’s partner in the celebration of World Tourism Day. At its Fifteenth Session in Beijing, China, in October 2003, the Assembly decided the following geographic order to be followed for World Tourism Day celebrations: 2006 in Europe; 2007 in South Asia; 2008 in the Americas; 2009 in Africa and 2011 in the Middle East….Wikipeadia.
Raising/ fostering awareness on the impact of tourism amongst the global communities and its importance on the political, cultural, economical and social values globally is the aim of this day.
Interestingly, I found out that a Nigerian, the late Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi was the proponent of the idea behind the celebration of World Tourism Day every September 27th. In 2009, he was recognised finally for his contribution. There are great Nigerians doing the nation proud everywhere.
So, citizens of our dear world, you are called upon to experience the beauty and rich diversity of the world we call ours.
Sources: un.org; google search.