Themed 'Tourism opens doors for women', the United Nations World Tourism Day 2007 (UNWTO) will be celebrated on September 27 in the picnic area in Bentota from 5.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m. UNWTO has selected Sri Lanka to be this year's host country for this important event. Sri Lanka has been a UNWTO member for over 30 years.
International delegates, UN World Tourism Organization officials, architects, social scientists, lawyers, doctors, engineers, diplomats, librarians, writers, bankers, insurers, hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, beauty consultants, sports and media personalities will be present.
In addition to the main ceremony several events have been lined up including a women tourism leaders summit, a UNWTO online Photographic Competition at the Taj Exotica Hotel, Bentota, International press conference and a special postal stamp will be issued to mark this day.
Announcing Sri Lanka as a "Green Lung Destination", the launch of UNWTO WPP world children's program and a cultural show in the evening in the Bentota Picnic Area after the Official Celebration Ceremony are also lined up. Many events have also been planned by the regional tourism authority along with stakeholders of the industry from September 26 to 28.
It includes a canoe competition, a mini marathon/fun run/a biking event, a competition on "Building Sand Castles" on the Beach, A one day cultural and sports program titled "Sinhala Aluth Avurudu", a mini marathon/fun run/a biking event and a painting competition and exhibition.
A promotional campaign themed "Men don't get it" and staging of pow wow events of professional women will be staged till October 31. Each provincial council too has planned a host of events to commemorate this year's WTO day.
Tourist Ministry Secretary P. M. Leelaratne said, World Tourism Day is commemorated on September 27 each year by appropriate events on themes selected by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the United Nations World Tourism Organisations (UNWTO) Executive Council.