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 of these Statutes 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 and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
All around the globe countries, tourism enterprises and organizations celebrate the United Nations World Tourism Day (WTD) on and around September 27, with a variety of special events and festivities, for example, publishing special issues or reports in different languages etc.
This year the theme of World Tourism Day is "Tourism Linking Cultures", and the host country is Egypt.