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Published on September 27th, 2016 | by Crissandra Ayroso


World Tourism Day 2016: Tourism For All

Happy World Tourism Day!

Today is the official day that celebrates the altruistic and great power of tourism.

Travel connects us to each other around the world, raises our awareness of the role of environmental sustainability in our tourism practices, bridges the gap of our societal differences by challenging our understanding of unique cultures, and at its most simplest and humbling – travel opens the world for us to see the beauty and diversity of our planet.

Every year, the United Nations hosts a celebration for this day in a different city around the world and brings awareness to a special underlying theme that envelops the importance of tourism and its positive impacts on the world around us, socially, culturally, and politically. This year, the festivities are being held in Bangkok and the underlying theme is accessible tourism – tourism for all – a theme that empowers the idea that we, as citizens of the world, from all walks of life, should have the right to experience the world around us.

Since 1980, the United Nations has declared Sep. 27 as World Tourism Day. Past World Tourism Days include WTD 2014 held in Guadalajara, Mexico, which celebrated tourism and its ability to contribute to community development; WTD 2008 held in Lima, Peru which celebrated tourism and its constructive response to climate change awareness; and WTD 2011 held in Aswan, Egypt which celebrated tourism and its role in linking cultures of the world together through travel. This year, WTD 2016 will be hosted in Bangkok, Thailand and the theme is accessible tourism for all and the right for all of the world’s citizens to experience the diversity on our planet and the beauty of the world for the overall benefit of its effect on society at large.



How will you celebrate tourism this year? Contact a Flight Centre Travel Expert by connecting with us online, calling 1-877-967-5302, or visiting your closest Flight Centre store.


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About the Author

Crissandra Ayroso

Crissandra Ayroso is a copywriter for Flight Centre. She loves road trips, beach weather, sampling local wine. She, like Helen Hunt in the 1996 disaster-rama (that’s short for drama) Twister, is a tornado chaser, in the travel sense. She chases moments, all revealing. Whether it’s ordering room service and eating in bed, finding the highest rooftop for the best views of the surroundings, feeling like a small dot in the middle of the ocean on a boat, or getting lost and stumbling upon hidden gems, no moment is too big or small to chase. Just like the category F5 that brought Helen Hunt back together with her estranged husband, respected TV weatherman, Bill Paxton.

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