Thailand Hosts UNWTO World Tourism Day 2016
Thailand hosted World Tourism Day for the first time ever, an official event promoting world tourism organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The goal of World Tourism Day 2016 is to promote “Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility.”
The Thai Prime Minister, Gen Prayut Chan-o Cha, presided over the official celebration hosted at the Siam Kempinski Hotel on September 27, 2016.
Keynote Address – Tourism for All in The Global Context
Presenting the keynote address, the Prime Minister addressed an international audience about intentions, readiness, and potential as they relate to tourism development while reiterating the theme for World Tourism Day 2016.
“According to the World Health Organization, approximately more than 15% of the world population is people with disabilities – – be it physical, mental or sensory disability. Moreover, the ageing population is constantly and rapidly on the rise,” said Gen Prayut in his keynote address.
Gen Prayut continues, “Apart from the population with disabilities who need to be provided with equal rights and fundamental freedoms, there are also the elderly and persons with special needs, for example, infants, those with temporary disabilities, families with very young children and so forth. This presents a big challenge to the global travel industry to evolve new policies and practices, for the short term and the long term, to ensure equitable and accessible tourism for all.”
World Tourism Day 2016 Photography
The iTravel Channel TV covered the festivities. We encourage you to browse through our high-resolution photo gallery and don’t miss our World Tourism Day 2016 video.