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Aswan marks World Tourism Day

Wednesday 27/September/2017 - 06:13 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Aswan Governorate marked Wednesday evening the celebration of the World Tourism Day، inside Temple of Kom Ombo.

Governor of Aswan، Majdi Hijazi، parliament's deputy speaker، Suleiman Wahdan، and several MP’s from Aswan، in addition to tourists of various nationalities had attended the celebrations.

The celebration program includes artistic performances and gifting the audience with flowers، amid national songs playing in front of the temple.

Noteworthy، Aswan، a city on the Nile River، has been southern Egypt’s strategic and commercial gateway since antiquity. It contains significant archaeological sites like the Philae temple complex، on Agilkia Island near the landmark Aswan Dam. Philae’s ruins include the columned Temple of Isis، dating to the 4th century B.C. Downriver، Elephantine Island holds the Temple of Khnum، from the Third Dynasty.

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple in the town of Kom Ombo in Aswan Governorate، Upper Egypt. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty، 180–47 BC. Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period.

-About World Tourism Day-
World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social، cultural، political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to highlight the contribution the tourism industry can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals، according to United Nations.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)، the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible، sustainable and universally accessible tourism، invites all interested parties to take part on 27 September each year in the special celebrations taking place in their respective country or holiday destination.

-World Tourism Day theme and official celebrations-
World Tourism Day is celebrated with appropriate events on themes selected by the UNWTO General Assembly، on the recommendation of the UNWTO Executive Council.

The UNWTO Secretary-General issues a message each year to mark the occasion and chairs the official celebrations.

-Establishment of World Tourism Day-
It was at its third session (Torremolinos، Spain، September 1979)، that the UNWTO General Assembly decided to institute World Tourism Day، commencing in the year 1980. This date was chosen to coincide with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on 27 September 1970.

The timing of World Tourism Day is particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere.

-Declaration of 2017 as International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development-
On 22 December 2015، during its 70th session، the United Nations General Assembly designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development through its resolution ARES70193، in which it “encourages all States، the United Nations system and all other actors to take advantage of the International Year to promote actions at all levels، including through international cooperation، and to support sustainable tourism as a means of promoting and accelerating sustainable development، especially poverty eradication.”

As the United Nations General Assembly affirmed when announcing the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development، tourism can contribute to all the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic، social and environmental – and each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals، according to World Tourism Organization. 

Not only does the sector spearhead growth، it also improves the quality of people’s lives. It can bolster environmental protection، champion diverse cultural heritage، and strengthen peace in the world.

In this spirit، World Tourism Day 2017 presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the international community، while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

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