27 September: World Tourism Day

The World Tourism Day (WTD) is being observed annually on 27th September to raise awareness about the importance of tourism.
Significance of the day: To foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
2016 Theme:Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility’. It seeks to spread both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility of tourism.

  • Celebrating the day, India will focus on cleanliness, security and better connectivity of tourist areas to boost tourism in the country.
  • Union Tourism Ministry will give impetus to the cleanliness initiative.
  • Government has decided to ban polythene at all tourist spots from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Besides,’Swachh Paryatan Run’ will be flagged off and a special sightseeing tour of the monuments and museums in Delhi for Divyang children will be organised.


  • The World Tourism Day marks adaptation of Statutes of the UNWTO on September 27, 1970. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism.
  • The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community.
  • It also seeks to demonstrate the impact of tourism sector on social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.



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