Official Messages on World Tourism Day

Message by Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

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“Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development”
Tourism is today the 3rd largest export industry in the world after chemicals and fuels. It brings hope, prosperity and understanding to so many lives and livelihoods all over the world.
Last year alone, 1.235 million travellers crossed international borders in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion.
The question, as we celebrate World Tourism Day 2017, is how we can enable this powerful global transformative force, these 1.8 billion opportunities, to contribute to make this world a better place and to advance sustainable development in all its 5 pillars:
1. Economic: yielding inclusive growth;
2. Social: bringing decent jobs and empowering communities;
3. Environmental: preserving and enriching the environment and addressing climate change;
4. Cultural: celebrating and preserving diversity, identity, and tangible and intangible culture, and
5. Peace: as an essential prerequisite for development and progress.
The UN General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This is a unique opportunity for all of us to come together to promote the contribution of travel and tourism as a grand 21st century human activity, to build a better future for people, planet, peace and prosperity.
This World Tourism Day, whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to:
RESPECT NATURE,
RESPECT CULTURE,
RESPECT YOUR HOST.
You can be the change you want to see in the world.
You can be an ambassador for a better future.
TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.
Happy World Tourism Day!

Dalton Zahir

Mohammad Zahirul Islam (Dalton Zahir) has earned 18 years of holistic and ambidextrous experience in hospitality, tourism. His creativity and strive to do innovative things placed him in a very well deserving position. He worked as a Head of Sales and Marketing of BRAC Services Ltd. as ahead of Sales And Marketing he looks after BCDM Savar, BCDM Rajendrapur, The Artisan Hotel Uttara, BRAC INN, Mohakhali. and Rose View Hotel in Sylhet. Manager, sales, and marketing at Grand Sultan Tea Resort & Golf. During his tenure, the hotel achieved World Luxury Hotel Award and Trip Advisor’s Best Guest Comment Award. He got the Manager of the Month Award by The Management. He also worked with Ocean Paradise, Lake Shore Hotel, Motorola Mobile, Apple Computer, Philips Mobile, and Fujifilm Camera Distribution for Bangladesh (Jel Corp HQ in Singapore) for more than 16 years in various capacities. Dalton, curious about the tourism and hospitality sector, has been working to explore tourism potentials focusing Beautiful Bangladesh for its different places, cultures, and cuisines. His thirst to devise tools and to draw a blueprint to attracting tourists makes him dexterous in hospitality and tourism. Besides working in a hotel as Head of Sales and Marketing, he is also curious about a number of organizations like UNWTO (World Tourism Organization). He is the Co-Chairman, Standing Committee on Hotel, Motel, Resorts and Guest House Development and Member of the Tourism Development Standing Committee of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). Dalton Zahir also does Photography; he is the Member of Photographic Society of American, since 2008 & Bangladesh Photographic Society. He received Photography Awards for his remarkable Achievements. A travel-loving personality, Dalton visited UK, Germany, South Korea, Singapore, Poland, Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Malaysia, India, Nepal, China, Myanmar and the Dubai UAE. He also participated various esteem events like India’s largest event Travel Tourism Fair, ITB Berlin (World’s largest travel tourism fair in Germany), WTM London (World Travel Market, UK), Arabian Travel Market (ATM, Dubai) also participated for photo competitions of USA, Germany, and France. Among the remarkable achievements, receiving AJFB Award 2015 as the Best Tourism Promotion of Bangladesh is the most significant one. Other than Photography he also knows the nationally as Writes and in the Ekushay Book Fair Published his 6 Books other 2 Book will be published from Kolkata Book Fair. He has to Achieve remarkable 10 Awards. He also was known as Tourism Editor. With long working experience in Hospitality Industry in various capacities Dalton Well Known to the Industry as a Dynamic tourism Promoters for the Country. He is involved with national & international Tourism Events with private & Government organizations.

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