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WORLD TOURISM DAY 2007

 

UN World Tourism Day 2007 to focus on role of women in tourism


BY A CORRESPONDENT

March 15, 2007: The United Nations World Tourism Day-2007, to be celebrated on September 27, will have as its theme ‘Tourism opens doors for women.’

The host nation for the 2007 event is Sri Lanka.

The United Nation World Tourism Day is held annually on the date of the adoption of the original United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) statutes.

The theme for 2007 follows the previous year’s theme of ‘Tourism Enriches.’

The organisers hope to highlight the opportunities in the travel sector for women around the world.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation intends to join forces with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to prepare a programme for the World Tourism Day with a view to enhancing the role of women in tourism.

In an effort to enhance public awareness of the opportunities in the tourism business for women, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation will launch an online photo contest to show women in leadership roles at all levels within the tourism sector. In all, 12 selected winners will be exhibited during the UNWTO General Assembly in November, 2007.

A dedicated website www.tourismgender.com will be launched by the UNWTO with help from the Sustainable Tourism Research Centre in Australia, focusing on the role of gender in tourism and the part that can be played by women in sustainable tourism.

Francesco Frangialli, UNWTO president says: “With Sri Lanka as the host country and planned celebrations around the world, UNWTO is launching this new initiative to show the achievements, opportunities and challenges for women in tourism.”

“By working closely with the UNIFEM, our sister agency, and using our Global Code of Ethics for Tourism as a framework, we believe we can help this industry make even greater contribution to the Millennium Development Goals,” Francesco Frangialli adds.

Gender equality, the empowerment of women and the elimination of gender disparity in education is the 3rd UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to which the UNWTO is committed. The MGDs are to be analysed annually till 2015.

 

 

 

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