On September 27, the Egyptian city of Aswan will host the official World Tourism Day 2011, within the framework of which the topic of this year «Tourism unites cultures» will be discussed at the highest level.
“With the world’s richest cultural heritage and leading travel destination, Egypt is best suited to officially celebrate World Tourism Day 2011,” announces the news Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO ).
Egypt has gained worldwide popularity for its rich history and vibrant culture, which attract millions of tourists to the country every year. The interaction between peoples and cultures of the worlds, facilitated by tourism, has defined the theme of World Tourism Day 2011 — “Tourism unites cultures”.
“We are very proud to be honored to host World Tourism Day 2011. Tourism is one of the important sectors of our economy, in 2010 it brought 12% of GDP, every seventh job is in the tourism sector. World Tourism Day is an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of this sector and its contribution to the social, economic and environment of the whole world and Egypt in particular, ”said Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour.
Planned activities to celebrate World Tourism Day include a high-level discussion on this year’s theme, where key players in the public and private tourism sectors, academics and the media will highlight the role of tourism in building understanding, respect and tolerance around the world.
Activities to mark World Tourism Day include an annual photography competition, with the main prize being a trip to Egypt. This year, UNWTO announced a competition for the first time on Twitter: people are asked to comment on the topic — «how they think tourism unites cultures.» The winners’ statements will appear in the official program of the Ausan Tourism Day celebrations.
About World Tourism Day
World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on September 27th. Its goal is to bring to the consciousness of the international community the importance of tourism, to demonstrate its social, cultural, political and economic significance. The day’s events address global issues that are part of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the contribution of the tourism center to achieving these goals.
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