World Tourism Day

Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.View of downtown Willemstad in Curacao.

World Tourism Day

This coming September 27th the UNWTO – United Nations World Trade Organization, formerly just World Trade Organization – will be holding its 37th annual World Tourism Day (WTD) in Doha, Qatar.

Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The United Nations General Assembly has adopted the year 2017 as the year of International Sustainable Tourism for Development and for this reason the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day will be ‘Sustainable Tourism – A Tool For Development.’

Tourism can contribute to all the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – and in so doing give an impulse to environmental protection, increase appreciation for diverse cultural heritage, and strengthen peace in the world.

The themes of World Tourism Day
Among other themes and hosts of WTD in the past are Linking Cultures, held in Egypt in 2011, Tourism and Biodiversity, held in China in 2010, Tourism Opens Doors for Women, held in Sri Lanka in 2007 and Tourism Enriches, held in Portugal in 2006.

With all these themes, one wonders…

How was World Tourism Day established?
The UNWTO General Assembly decided to establish World Tourism DayIt at its third session (Torremolinos, Spain, September 1979), which they decided would begin in 1980. The timing of World Tourism Day is particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is on the minds of millions of people worldwide.

World Tourism Day in Curaçao
In the spirit of WTD several events will be held in Curaçao at the CTB (Curaçao Tourism Board) office the entire day. On that day CTB is also organizing free ‘experiential (bus) tours’ to Chobolobo, Landhuis Kenepa, Dinah Veeris and another as of yet undisclosed location. These tours will be open to the public and are free of charge.

Come and see all that Curaçao has to offer! #korsoutadushi