2017 World Tourism Day is dedicated to sustainable development, aiming to highlight the economic, social, cultural and political contribution of tourism to the benefit of the international community.
“Extroversion, synergies and sustainable development constitute the platform to invest in the coming years with the aim of strengthening the social and economic impact of tourism and the further development of its qualitative indicators,” Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) president Yiannis Retsos said.
Greek tourism, he said, “needs a holistic development plan. A strategy of effectively interlinking the main pillars of our country’s economic and social fabric, such as culture and agri-food. That will highlight our natural wealth.”
World Tourism Day has been celebrated since 1980 on September 27, the day when the World Tourism Organization Statute (UNWTO) entered into force. Last year, 1.23 billion travelers crossed the international borders, and by the year 2030, this number expected to reach 1.8 billion travelers.
In 2016, Greece attracted 28.1 million visitors (along with cruise passengers), achieving an increase of 7.5 pct, while visitors to Greece will exceed 28.5 million this year.