25 September 2020
World Tourism Day 27.09 – Lukomir Village, Konjic Municipality
Face value: 1,50 KM
Author: Sead Šašivarević
Date of issue: 25.09.2020.
Number of stamps in sheets: 9
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. The theme of the day was “sustainable tourism”, in 2017. In 2018 the theme was “Tourism and the Digital Transformation” and in 2019 the theme was “Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all”.
At its Twelfth Session in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 1997, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to designate a host country each year to act as the Organization’s partner in the celebration of World Tourism Day. At its Fifteenth Session in Beijing, China, in October 2003, the Assembly decided the following geographic order to be followed for World Tourism Day celebrations: 2006 in Europe; 2007 in South Asia; 2008 in the Americas; 2009 in Africa and 2011 in the Middle East.
The late Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi, a Nigerian national, was the one who proposed the idea of marking September 27 of every year as World Tourism Day. He was finally recognized for his contribution in 2009. The colour of World Tourism Day is Blue.
Lukomir is a village in Konjic municipality, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It consists of two settlements: Donji (Lower) and Gornji (Upper) Lukomir. Gornji Lukomir is known for its touristic potential and heritage. It is the highest and most remote village in the entire country.
Lukomir sits at an altitude of 1,495 m. on the Bjelašnica mountain. Stećci originating from the 14th and 15th century exist at the village and suggest that it was inhabited for hundreds of years. The homes in the area are made of stone while their roofs are composed of wooden tiles. The Rakitnica canyon is located nearby and is said by local folklore to be the origin of a dragon.
Considered significant in terms of quality of natural and cultural-historical landscape, Lukomir (Gornji Lukomir) village and its immediate surrounding is designated as National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Donji Lukomir (Lower Lukomir) is part of the village situated some 500 meters below Gornji (Upper), on the steep slopes of the Rakitnica canyon.
A documentary entitled Lukomir – Six Months Off directed by Niels van Koevorden was filmed in 2010. It was screened at the Netherlands Film Festival and later won the 2010 Documentary Award from Dutch broadcaster VPRO. The village also appears in the film Killing Season as the birthplace of main character Emil Kovač (played by John Travolta).