BANGKOK, Thailand (eTN) – The official celebration of World Tourism Day 2016 (September 27) has just launched in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme, “Tourism for All,” promoting universal accessibility in the travel and tourism industry.
Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mrs. Konkarn Wattanavrangkulm, was on hand to welcome guests to the one-day event, as was the Hon. Dr. Walter Mzembi, candidate for the UNWTO Secretary-General position.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 15% of the world’s population (1 billion people) is estimated to live with some form of disability. UNWTO is convinced that accessibility for all to tourist facilities, products, and services should be a central part of any responsible and sustainable tourist policy.
World Tourism Day addresses the importance of good practices in the accessible tourism supply chain.
The opening included a touching rendition of blind people performing and singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Enjoy the images gathered by eTurboNews.