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World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day 2020, 2021 and 2022

Since 1980, 27 September has been a UN observance known as World Tourism Day. The purpose of the holiday is to promote public awareness of the importance of tourism economically, culturally, environmentally, and in other ways to nations all over the world.

YearDateDayHoliday
202027 SepSunWorld Tourism Day
202127 SepMonWorld Tourism Day
202227 SepTueWorld Tourism Day
202327 SepWedWorld Tourism Day
202427 SepFriWorld Tourism Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Every year, a different “host country” will be chosen for the official World Tourism Day celebrations. That country, its natural and cultural attractions, and its role in the world tourism industry will be highlighted.

A new emphasis on “sustainable tourism” is now coming alongside the focus on tourism in general, showing how the environment and social or cultural traditions can be protected by tourism rather than destroyed by it.

The date of World Tourism Day is rather appropriate. It falls at the beginning of the main tourist season in the Southern Hemisphere and at the end of the peak tourist season in the Northern Hemisphere.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201927 SepFriWorld Tourism Day
201827 SepThuWorld Tourism Day
201727 SepWedWorld Tourism Day