One of the most vital economic sectors is tourism. Every tenth person in the world has a job thanks to it, and hundreds of millions more rely on it for their livelihood.
The World Tourism Organization, a specialised agency of the UN, created World Tourism Day (UNWTO). The world of tourism reached a significant milestone on the same day in 1970.
A day set aside each year to celebrate tourism is intended to raise awareness of the industry’s significance and its economic, social, and cultural benefits.
UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili stated: “The potential of tourism is enormous, and we have a shared responsibility to make sure it is fully realised. On World Tourism Day 2022, UNWTO calls on everyone, from tourism workers to tourists themselves, as well as small businesses, large corporations and governments to reflect and rethink what we do and how we do it.”
According to the UN website, nearly 250 million foreign arrivals were recorded in the first five months of 2022, signalling a significant recovery in global tourism. This indicates that the industry has returned to almost half (46%) of its pre-pandemic, or 2019 levels.
World Tourism Day is hosted by a different nation every year and has a predetermined theme. “Tourism’s contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage and to peace and mutual understanding” was the focus of the first World Tourism Day, which took place in 1980. Tourism and Jobs: A Better Future for All was the theme of the 2019 event, which was hosted by India. Tourism and rural development were the focus of the 2020 theme. The theme for the 2021 conference was “Tourism for Inclusive Growth,” and South Africa served as the host nation.
This year, it is Indonesia, and on the designated day, festivities begin in Bali. The goal is to unite people from all walks of life to make the sector inclusive, sustainable, and resilient with the idea of putting people and the planet first.
Numerous nations take part in events each September to promote ecotourism, raise awareness of its value, and highlight its positive effects on the cultural, economic, political, and social spheres. Some regions even waive off the entry fees to see monuments and museums on the day. Deals on flights and hotels are offered by both the government and travel companies. Talks about travel, educational excursions, drawing contests, and exhibitions are organised by workplaces, institutions, and educational institutions.
How can one celebrate the day? Here are a few ways where one can celebrate World Tourism Day, you can start by visiting exhibits, participate in the events of the day, and watch a presentation or live session. One can also just visit the town as a tourist, take a bike tour, and discover it from a fresh perspective. Make travel arrangements, reserve a hotel, and depart. Travel is life, after all.