World Tourism Day is celebrated in Asia and the Pacific

World Tourism Day (WTD), celebrated every year on 27 September, is a global observance to highlight tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value.

WTD 2014 is being held under the theme Tourism and Community Development - focusing on the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change in their local communities.

A number of Asian and Pacific countries celebrated it in their own special ways.

Afghanistan is holding the Fourth National Tourism Conference and Fair in conjunction with World Tourism Day. The Secretary-General of UNWTO, Mr. Taleb Rifai sends his personal message. (

Vanuatu Tourism Office sends out their greetings of a Happy World Tourism Day 2014, on Saturday 27th September 2014! 

Malaysia has also held a special celebration for World Tourism Day 2014 from 26 Sept until 28 in order to create awareness on tourism’s contribution towards community development. Check out the celebration and the Prime Minister's WTD message at their facebook page

We invite you to join us in celebrating this year´s World Tourism Day and welcome you to share your photos with us too!

Find more information about WTD in the following websites.

Official page: (available in EN, FR and ES)

Official logos and digital postcards: /content/communication-kit-wtd2014 (available in EN, FR and ES)

Official Message by the Secretary-General:

Tourism Stories Video:

UNWTO’s Facebook Album on Tourism and Community Development: (feel free to send your photo to

Livestream from the official celebrations in Guadalajara, Mexico: