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World Tourism Day Celebrations Set For 27th September 2019

One may know the word tourism but may not know what it really means. Tourism is the operation of holidays and visits to places of interest. A big number of travellers have engaged in safaris in different countries around the world. Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd is a leading tour operator company in Africa, has tailored a number of Africa safaris for tourists interested in travelling to different destinations like Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar, Botswana, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia and many more.

This tourism day aims to raise awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. This day is also a unique opportunity to raise awareness of tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development. This year’s celebration in Uganda will be held in Gulu under the theme of ‘Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all.’

Tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, and it has become one of the fastest-growing and most important economic sectors in the world, benefiting destinations and communities worldwide. International tourist arrivals worldwide have grown from 25 million in 1950 to nearly 1.3 billion today Similarly, international tourism revenues earned by destinations around the world have grown from 2 billion US dollars in 1950 to 1260 trillion in 2015. The sector represents an estimated 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs globally.

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expects that tourism will continue to grow at an average of 3% annually until 2030. This growth reflects the progressive expansion of access to tourism thanks to the decline in the price of transport, especially air transport, and growing middle classes worldwide. The recognition of the right to holidays in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the improved adoption of labour rights in many countries has also supported the coming of age of tourism. These factors also serve as a backdrop for the resilience shown by tourism in recent years. The sector has experienced almost uninterrupted growth despite challenges such as the global economic crisis, natural disasters and pandemics.

Uganda, one of the most sought Africa safari destinations attracts tourists for a number of Uganda safaris,Uganda tours, and Uganda day trips like Sipi Falls day trip, Ngamba Island day tour, Lake Mburo National Park day tour, Jinja day tour/Jinja day trip/1 day Jinja excursion, Kampala city tours, Entebbe city trip and many more. Besides Uganda day tours, Uganda is home to a big number of wildlife that entices travelers to book Uganda wildlife safaris/ wildlife safaris in Uganda/ wildlife tours Uganda in the different national parks including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Semuliki Valley National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and Mount Rwenzori National Park.

Furthermore, you can enjoy Uganda birding safaris/ Uganda birding tours/ bird watching safaris in Uganda still in the national parks alongside your wildlife tours in Uganda. In addition, tourists prefer enjoying unique Uganda tour experiences like the Uganda gorilla safaris/ gorilla tours Uganda/ gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda that take place only in two parks in Uganda; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda and in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda. Others prefer having a gorilla tour in Uganda combined with Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda/ chimpanzee trekking tours Uganda in Kibale Forest National Park Uganda.  

What Do People Do?

The United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) invites people worldwide to participate in World Tourism Day on September 27 every year. The UNWTO Secretary-General annually sends out a message to the general public to mark the occasion. Many tourism enterprises and organizations, as well as government agencies with a special interest in tourism, celebrate the event with various special events and festivities.

Different types of competitions, such as photo competitions promoting tourism, as well as tourism award presentations in areas such as ecotourism, are held on World Tourism Day. Other activities include free entries, discounts or special offers for the general public to any site of tourism interest. Government and community leaders, as tourism business representatives, may make public announcements or offer special tours or fares to promote both their region and World Tourism Day on or around September 27.

Public Life

World Tourism Day is a UN observance and it is not a public holiday.


Tourism has experienced continued growth and deeper diversification to become one of the fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. ‎Modern tourism is closely linked to development and includes more new destinations for tourists. These dynamics turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic progress.‎ Tourism has become one of the major players in ‎international commerce and represents at the same time one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries.

The UNWTO decided in late September 1979 to institute World Tourism Day, which was first celebrated on September 27, 1980. September 27 was chosen as the date for World Tourism Day because that date coincided with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on September 27, 1970.

The UNWTO believes that the date for World Tourism Day is appropriate because it comes at the end of the high tourist season in the northern hemisphere and the start of the tourist season in the southern hemisphere when tourism is of topical interest to many people worldwide, particularly travellers and those working in the tourism sector. Each year has a different theme – for example, “Tourism – Celebrating Diversity” was designated as the theme for 2009, with Ghana as the event’s host country for that year.

World Tourism Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015Sun27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2016Tue27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2017Wed27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2018Thu27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2019Fri27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2020Sun27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2021Mon27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2022Tue27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2023Wed27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2024Fri27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance
2025Sat27 SepWorld Tourism DayUnited Nations observance

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