The 27th of September is been celebrated as World tourism day, now by this what comes in your mind? What exactly is World tourism day why do we celebrate it?
People love to travel like to go on to different places, state countries, etc. There are numerous cultures in the world we don’t even know how many and of what type. When different Nation’s person visit a foreign place that person carries their own culture with him and adapt the foreign culture with him to their homeland, which makes both nation aware of each other’s culture, which builds a foundation.
Basically, World tourism is nothing but making people aware of different cultures making people realize to explore and know about numerous Nations which eventually helps to balance, promote, and contribute to the sustainable development goals, through its social, cultural, political, and economic value.
The late Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi, a Nigerian national, was the one who recommended the suggestion of captioning September 27 of every year as World Tourism Day. Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27.
This date was assigned as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is contemplated a milestone in global tourism, the UNWTO General Assembly agreed on to appoint a host country each year to act as the Organization’s partner in the celebration of World Tourism Day.
UNWTO produces market knowledge, expands competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism a beneficial method for growth through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.
Every year the World tourism day comes with a theme, 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 is “Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all”.
And the theme of The World tourism day, in 2020 is “Tourism and Rural development”
It is imperative that we rebuild the tourism sector” in a “safe, equitable and climate friendly” manner and so “ensure tourism regains its position as a provider of decent jobs, stable incomes and the protection of our cultural and natural heritage”. The UN Secretary-General further underscored that tourism is one of the world’s most important economic sectors, providing “livelihoods to hundreds of millions more”, while it “boosts economies and enables countries to thrive”, and at the same time allowing “people to experience some of the world’s cultural and natural riches and brings people closer to each other, highlighting our common humanityMr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
The 2020 version is different of course due to pandemic. The World Tourism Day, with the theme of “Tourism and Rural Development”, will dedicate the unusual role that tourism plays in giving opportunities outside of big cities and preserving cultural and natural heritage all around the world.
This year’s international day of observation comes at a critical moment, as countries around the world look to tourism to drive recovery, including in rural communities where the sector is a leading employer and economic pillar providing jobs and opportunities, most notably for women and youth.
For the first time in the history of World Tourism Day, the 2020 official celebration will be hosted by a group of countries and not a single UNWTO Member State. This is particularly real for tourism, working jointly towards a mutual objective.
Join and enjoy the virtual celebration of World tourism day.
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