PORTUGAL is hosting this year’s United Nations World Tourism Day on September 27.
The United Nations World Tourist Organisation (UNWTO) chose that date as it was on this day the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted, an event considered to be a milestone in global tourism.
World Tourism Day is celebrated to spread awareness of tourism’s importance to the international community and its affect on social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
Different countries host the annual event, which is themed. This year the topic is “Tourism enriches”, and cities, towns and villages throughout Portugal will be celebrating.
The Association of Hotels and Tourist Undertakings of the Algarve (AHETA) is leading the celebrations for the region.
They will be distributing leaflets and promoting the campaign throughout numerous media channels, encouraging everyone to appreciate the positive impact the industry can bring to Algarvean society.
A statement from AHETA highlighted the need to “implement measures to consolidate the regional tourist activity and, more importantly, to assure competitiveness and sustainability in the Algarve”.