World Tourism Day 2010 is being observed today. The theme this year is “Tourism and Bio Diversity”. The day carries much significance for Sri Lanka which is rich of bio-diversity while the threat of climate change has emerged as a major issue of concern around the world.
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community. At its Twelfth Session in Istanbul, Turkey, in October of 1997, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year to act as the Organization’s partner in the celebration of World Tourism Day.
At its Fifteenth Session in Beijing, China, in October of 2003, the Assembly decided the following geographic order to be followed for World Tourism Day celebrations: 2006 in Europe; 2007 in South Asia; 2008 in the Americas and 2009 in Africa. The theme of the 2010 World Tourism Day is tourism and biological diversity. The theme will raise awareness of the close relationship between tourism development, biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonBan Ki-moon in a message said `“I commend the tourism community for its growing recognition of the importance of conserving the diversity of life on Earth, and I urge all partners to strengthen their commitment to sustainability ”