World Tourism Day


World Tourism Day 2008 logoWorld Tourism Day is commemorated on 27 September each year and coincides with the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on 27 September 1970 and was designated as World Tourism Day by the UNWTO General Assembly.


At its Twelfth Session in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 1997, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year as the Organization's partner for celebrating World Tourism Day.


1980      Tourism's contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage and to peace and mutual understanding

1981      Tourism and the quality of life

1982      Pride in travel: good guests and good hosts

1983      Travel and holidays are a right but also a responsibility for all

1984      Tourism for international understanding, peace and cooperation

1985      Youth Tourism: cultural and historical heritage for peace and friendship

1986      Tourism: a vital force for world peace

1987      Tourism for development

1988      Tourism: education for all

1989      The free movement of tourists creates one world

1990      Tourism: an unrecognized industry, a service to be released ('The Hague Declaration on Tourism')

1991      Communication, information and education: powerlines of tourism development

1992      Tourism: a factor of growing social and economic solidarity and of encounter between people

1993      Tourism development and environmental protection: towards a lasting harmony

1994      Quality staff, quality tourism

1995      WTO: serving world tourism for twenty years

1996      Tourism: a factor of tolerance and peace

1997      Tourism: a leading activity of the twenty-first century for job creation and environmental protection

1998      Public-private sector partnership: the key to tourism development and promotion

1999      Tourism: preserving world heritage for the new millennium (Chile)

2000      Technology and nature: two challenges for tourism at the dawn of the twenty-first century (Germany)

2001      Tourism: a tool for peace and dialogue among civilizations (Iran)

2002      Ecotourism, the key to sustainable development (Costa Rica)

2003      Tourism: a driving force for poverty alleviation, job creation and social harmony (Algeria)

2004      Sport and tourism: two living forces for mutual understanding, culture and the development of societies (Malaysia)

2005      Travel and transport: from the imaginary of Jules Verne to the reality of the 21st Century (Qatar)

2006      Tourism enriches (Portugal)

2007      Tourism opens doors for women (Sri Lanka)

2008      Tourism responding to the challenge of climate change (Peru)

2009      Tourism in a globalizing world (Ghana)



Stamp catalogue - 1983


Zil Elwagne Sesel         27 September 1983









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last revised: 24 May 2008