On the occasion of World Tourism Day, Uttarakhand was conferred with the best adventure tourism destination and all-round development of tourism by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar awarded this prize to the State Tourism and Culture Minister of Uttarakhand Satpal Maharaj.
September 27, every year is marked as World Tourism Day. The United Nations has celebrated this day as World Tourism Day since 1980. This day marks the 10 years anniversary of the adoption of the Statutes of the Organization in 1970, paving the way for the establishment of UNWTO five years later.