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Celebrate World Tourism Day by Booking a Gap Year Trip Abroad

Celebrate World Tourism Day by Booking a Gap year Trip Abroad

Tuesday 27th September 2011

Linking Cultures is this year’s theme for World Tourism Day

This year’s theme for World Tourism Day is a celebration of tourism’s role in linking together the cultures of the world via travel. Millions of people travel the world each year and never before have so many people been to so many places and been so exposed to different cultures. The increasing ability for everyone to travel further and more frequently that ever before, has opened up more and more opportunities for people from other cultures to meet interact with each other, and share their knowledge and lifestyles. The UNWTO say that this interaction through travel encourages tolerance, respect and mutual understanding and helps work towards a peaceful world.

World Tourism Day 2011 aims to bring attention to how travel and tourism eliminates barriers to language, race, religion, ideologies and distance. The UNWTO held a Twitter competition in advance of World Tourism Day and has announced the five photos and five ‘tweets’ from among the hundreds of entries submitted that best reflect the 2011 theme, Tourism – Linking Cultures.  You can view the winning entries on their website at http://wtd.unwto.org/

The Egyptian city of Aswan will host the official 2011 WTD celebrations, which include a High-Level Think Tank on this year’s theme - Tourism – Linking Cultures on 27 September 2011.  Egypt is world famous for its rich history and vibrant culture which draw millions of tourists to the country each year. It is this interaction between the peoples and cultures of the world, driven by tourism, that is at the heart of the WTD 2011 theme: Tourism – Linking Cultures.

“It is most fitting that Egypt, home to some of the world’s most celebrated cultural heritage and a leading tourism destination, be the host country for the official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2011,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, announcing the news.

About World Tourism Day 2011
World Tourism Day celebrations are taking place around the world. World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.