Africa is where World Tourism and Civilization Day began

  • World Tourism Day was established at the Third Session of UNWTO in Torremolinos, Spain on September 17, 1979 by a Nigerian named IGNATIUS AMADUWA ATIGBI.
  • It was the late Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi, a Nigerian national, who came up with the idea of ​​marking September 27 each year as World Tourism Day, which is why people call him “Mr. World Tourism Day”.
  • Today, the African Tourism Board celebrated World Tourism Day with all of Africa and the world. It was a fun day and a day to forget about COVID-19

The motion to launch World Tourism Day was presented by Mr. Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi to the UNWTO in 1979. He was the first General Manager of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), then called the Nigerian Tourist Association (NTA ). the President of the African Travel Commission (ATC).

In 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization celebrated World Tourism Day as an international celebration on September 27. This date was chosen because on that day, in 1970, the statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these statutes is considered an important step in world tourism. The aim of this day is to raise awareness of the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values ​​in the world.

Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi in 1979 – M. World Tourism Day

He died at the age of 68 on December 22, 1998 and was buried in his hometown, Koko, in Delta State.

Today, World Tourism Day was celebrated in Africa and around the world.

For many, it was a day off from the worries of COVID-19 and the damage this pandemic has caused to the travel and tourism industry around the world.

Cuthbert Ncube, President of African Tourism, told eTurboNews:

“I was celebrating World Tourism Day under African skies in the mountain kingdom of Eswatini. I was accompanied by the ATB brand ambassador, Mr. Sandile of South African tourism,

Eswatini is the new headquarters of the African Tourism Board.

Happy ATB President enjoying Eswatini on World Tourism Day

“Much of Africa is now open to international visitors to come and explore our cultural diversity, our great investment opportunities as we recognize the impact and contribution of tourism to growth and development. sustainability in job creation.

We need to have full inclusion across the world to level the ground that has been and has not been leveled and Africa with its diverse offerings has played a central role in contributing to global GDP.

Our communities should benefit from some of the spinoffs. So, as we celebrate this day, Africa should focus on the critical implementation of national and community tourism as the basis for a sustainable activation of our tourism economies.

It is not enough to get carried away by celebrating this day, because many of our communities live in poverty. We need to engage in a holistic approach to appreciate the tourism value chain that benefits the custodians of our heritage. “

eTurboNews received responses from many African countries, including Angola:

ATB Ambassador: Kuyanga Diamantino: WTD, from Angola. We believe in total recovery, we believe in the efforts of the public and private sectors to build a strong African tourist destination. We believe in the development of Africa through the DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

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