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Celebrated on 27th September every year, World Tourism Day is a chance to highlight tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value.
The World Tourism Day theme for 2015, hosted by Burkina Faso, is 'One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities'.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization has been celebrating World Tourism Day on September 27, since 1980; with dedicated host countries making an appearance in 1998.
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.
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. (Mexico)
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 toll 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 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 - Celebrating Diversity. (Ghana)
2010: Tourism and Biodiversity. (China)
2011: Linking Cultures. (Egypt)
2012: Tourism and Sustainable Energy. (Gran Canaria, Spain)
2013: Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future. (Maldives)
2014: Tourism and Community Development. (Guadalajara, Mexico)
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
UNWTO's membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 400 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.
World Tourism Organization
Capitán Haya 42
28020 Madrid, Spain.