QTA, UNWTO Sign Agreement for Hosting of World Tourism Day
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have signed the official agreement through which Qatar will host the World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations later this year under the theme, ‘Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development’.
The event will be held on 27 September 2017, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. Qatar had been selected to host the official WTD celebrations by a vote of the 21st UNWTO General Assembly, held in 2015 in Colombia.
The agreement was signed by Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at QTA and H.E. Taleb Al Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO on the sidelines of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the leading Middle Eastern travel and tourism event.
Al Ibrahim commented:
We recognise that tourism has the power to drive this growth, as well as enable us to celebrate our culture and heritage with the world, and is rightly therefore at the forefront of national development plans. There could be no more fitting a destination to carry this message to the world than Qatar, and we look forward to working with the UNWTO to host a memorable World Tourism Day event.’
Celebrated annually on 27 September, World Tourism Day is the biggest international event in tourism. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the global community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event, which is held in a different continent each year, seeks to address the global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to highlight the tourism sector´s contribution to achieving them.
ATM continues until 27 April, with a delegation of 38 hotels, tour operators and destination management companies representing Qatar. As the Middle East’s leading platform for travel and tourism industry members, it presents the ideal opportunity for Qatar to highlight the latest developments in its tourism industry, and showcase its newest tourism and hospitality offerings.