World Tourism Day 2012 is being held on September 27 (Thursday) under the theme Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.
This year’s theme aims to highlight tourism’s role in a brighter energy future; a future in which the world’s entire population has access to modern? efficient and affordable energy services.
Tourism? one of the world’s largest economic sectors? has already taken important steps towards this future – improving energy efficiency and increasingly using renewable energy technologies in its operations. These steps are creating jobs? lifting people out of poverty and helping to protect the planet.
Since 1980? the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970? the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. 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 and to demonstrate how it affects social? cultural? political and economic values worldwide.