September 27, which has been determined by the World Tourism Organization since 1980, is celebrated as World Tourism Day. This date was set on September 27, 1970 and has been implemented since 1980. The aim of World Tourism Day is to emphasize the importance of tourism for international communities and to raise awareness. Attention is drawn to the impact of tourism onsocial, cultural, political and economic values.

In the 12th session held in Istanbul October 1997, the World Tourism Organization decided that one country will host this day every year. In the 15th session held in Beijing,China in October 2003 , compliance with the geographical order regarding hosting; It was decided to be in Europe in 2006, in South Asia in 2007, in America in 2008, in Africa in 2009 and in the Middle East in 2011.

Nigerian Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi suggested that September 27 be celebrated as World Tourism Day . The color of World Tourism Day is blue.

What is the purpose of World Tourism Day?

World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

What is the theme of World Tourism Day 2020?

About this Event

Djibouti and Addis Ababa were selected as the host cities and nations for the celebration of World Tourism Day 2020 on the theme ‘Tourism: Building Peace!

Who started celebrating World Tourism Day?

Every year since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September, with celebrations led by UNWTO.

“Tourism and Rural Development” celebrates the sector’s unique ability to drive economic development and provide opportunities outside of big cities, including in those communities that would otherwise be left behind. World Tourism Day 2020 also highlights the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting culture and heritage all around the world.

For many rural communities, tourism means opportunity. It provides jobs and economic empowerment, including for women and youth. Tourism gives rural communities the ability to protect and promote their natural surroundings, as well as their culture and heritage. In doing so, it allows tourists to enjoy unique experiences. In 2020, World Tourism Day celebrates the sector’s importance for those communities that would otherwise be left behind.

Tourism in numbers – Turkey Overall, Turkey is the fourth most visited holiday country in the Mediterranean region.

Tourism’s contribution to GDP is 11%. Although it has numerous cultural and historic attractions, beach holidays on Turkey’s Mediterranean (the Aegean and the Turkish Riviera) and Black Sea coasts are predominant .

In Turkey, tourism has been an important and growing sector since the 1980s, with the coast being the major focus of activity. The number of tourist arrivals has increased from 5.4 to 19.6 million/year between 1990 and 2004: about 21 million tourists visited in 2005, contributing US$15 billion in revenue (14% of total foreign exchange earnings) and making Turkey the 16th most important tourist destination worldwide. The Association for Turkish Tourism Investors have targets of 38 million visitors/year and US$36.4 billion in revenue by the year 2013.