Suggested World Tourism Day Activties

Celebrate World Tourism Day 2013! The possibilities are endless, see below for just a few suggestions of how you can get involved.

Whichever way you choose to celebrate, make sure to share your celebrations here on the WTD website.


Spread the word

The WTD website is full of resources you can use to spread the word about this year’s theme:

  • The message of the UNWTO Secretary-General can be freely used in conference materials, brochures, documentaries etc.
  • The WTD logo and e-cards are also online and can be downloaded for the web and printing. Share them on Twitter and Facebook, and why not  print some for distribution?
  •  Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #WTD2013. 


Be an informed traveler

What better way to celebrate WTD 2013 than enjoying being a tourist yourself? WTD is the perfect time to reflect upon your responsibilities and impact as a traveler and commit to a more sustainable water future.

Simple steps such as taking a shower instead of a bath, or choosing not to have your bed linen and towels changed and washed every day can make a huge difference and will avoid unnecessary use of water and chemicals.

Try to know if your destination faces water and electricity power shortage. Your long shower could mean lack of water to local community. If possible, select accommodations with efficient equipment that allow for the rational use of water.

Respect the sites you visit, do not litter or take home souvenirs such as shells from the natural environment. At the beach, use water-resistant sun block to avoid polluting the sea and damaging marine fauna.

Report any incident or irregularity you have observed. You are part of the process of environmental, social and economic improvement of the destination.

Wherever you choose to go, remember to read the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism before you leave to make sure your trip is as sustainable and responsible as possible.

Launch a competition

A competition – essays, paintings, videos – on tourism and water is a fun and simple way to get involved in World Tourism Day. UNWTO will be running three of its own competitions throughout the year, the WTD Photo Competition, the WTD Twitter Competition, and the WTD Essay Competition.


Hold an event

The relationship between tourism and water is complex, but it is also one of the most exciting areas of research and action in the tourism sector. Conferences, seminars or academic presentations on the 2013 theme will help shed light on the water initiatives already in place in the tourism sector, and communicate what more can be done.  

Above all, World Tourism Day is a celebration. So concerts, festivals, shows and parades are a great way to take part. The official WTD celebrations, including the Think Tank on the 2013 theme with the participation of top experts in the field of tourism and water, will be streamed live on the WTD website. Feel free to link live to this stream as part of your own events.