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‘Tourism A Tool for Peace and Dialogue among Civilizations’ the theme of the World Tourism Day 2001

The official celebration of the twenty-second World Tourism Day will take place in the Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday…

The official celebration of the twenty-second World Tourism Day will take place in the Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday, 27 September 2001 with the theme "Tourism A Tool for Peace and Dialogue among Civilizations". WTO<.> Secretary-General, Francesco Frangialli, has released the following message:



"In choosing "Peace and Dialogue among Civilizations" as the theme for World Tourism Day 2001, the General Assembly of WTO, meeting at Santiago, Chile in October 1999, wished to draw attention to tourism's notable contribution to securing peace among peoples and to strengthening the interaction and cultural and trading links between civilizations.



It was moreover with this in mind that, applying the principles enshrined in the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism adopted by the General Assembly, also in 1999, the Organization held a Millennium Week in the Holy Land in September last year with the aim of fostering friendship, understanding and, hence, peace in the Middle East through tourism.



Although this initiative was remarkably successful, its fruits could not be enjoyed for long, because a little later new conflicts broke out in the region. I am nevertheless confident that, with the good will of all and because of the sense of common purpose that has formed a bond between the sector's economic players, sooner rather than later tourism will play a decisive part in reviving the peace process in the region.



The official celebration of the twenty-second World Tourism Day will take place in the Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday, 27 September 2001

Dialogue among civilizations is indissociable from the lasting peace to which we all aspire.



In supporting the Year of Dialogue among Civilizations, declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations for 2001, WTO seeks to reassert the main role assigned to it by its Statutes, which is to ensure that tourism fosters recognition of cultural identities and the sharing of ideas and experiences between the peoples of the world.



To further that aim, WTO is promoting partnership between the public and private stakeholders in tourism development for the use of mankind's cultural heritage in the interest of economic progress, while ensuring that this heritage is safeguarded and preserved for future generations.



WTO maintains close relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the promotion of long-term intercultural and tourism projects. More specifically, the two Organizations are cooperating in major interregional projects on cultural itineraries known as the Silk Road and the Slave Route. These and other projects favouring the expansion of cultural tourism contribute greatly to enhancing awareness among populations of the value of their historical, cultural and artistic heritage.



In anticipation of this first World Tourism Day of the third millennium to be observed on 27 September, I urge all our partners to cooperate in ensuring that tourism develops in a sustainable, responsible and ethical way."

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