World Tourism Day 2011: Tourism – Linking Cultures



World Tourism Day (WTD) 2011
is being held under the theme Tourism – Linking Cultures.

This year’s theme is a celebration of tourism’s role in linking together the cultures of the world through travel. With millions of people travelling the world each year, never before have so many people been to so many places, nor been so exposed to other cultures. This interaction between individuals and communities, and their diverse cultures, leads to tolerance, respect and mutual understanding - the building blocks for a more peaceful world.

Be part of World Tourism Day 2011! Let us know how you will be celebrating and keep checking back for more information on WTD activities and celebrations. 

 
WTD 2011 Message
UNWTO Secretary-General
About World Tourism Day    About the theme: Tourism - Linking Cultures     

  "World Tourism Day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of tourism to global well-being. As we travel, let us engage with other cultures and celebrate human diversity. On this observance, let us recognize tourism as a force for a more tolerant, open and united world."
                                                                                                              Ban Ki-moon,  UN Secretary-General
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  “WTD 2011 is a call to all those involved in tourism to act in a way that is conscious and respectful of culture, which promotes intercultural dialogue and ensures that local communities fully participate in, and benefit from, the development opportunities of tourism.” 
                                                                                                          Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General
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'East West Jubilation'
by Rabin Chakrabarti
Tourism - Linking Cultures: Winning Photos

   
   First Prize:
   'Give me Red', by Sourav Karmakar

'East meets West'
by Chi Keung Wong

'The Baobab Huggers'
by José Rosado  

'OMG!!'
by Birkley Wildgoose


How do YOU think tourism links cultures?
Twitter competition winners: