Today is World Tourism Day! It is celebrated every year on September 27th, to bring awareness to the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. To commemorate, many events are organized all around the world. However, every year a special theme is designated and a country is chosen to host festivities for this day and act as a partner to the UNWTO. Events in the host country include a keynote, awards, multiple conferences, and workshops.
An Official Message by the UNWTO Secretary General is also given every year, which I personally always enjoy. I won’t post the full message because it is a bit long, but here is my favorite excerpt from this year:
At the same time, it is a catalyst for equality and inclusivity. In many places, tourism employment gives women, young people and those living in rural communities the chance to support themselves and their families and to integrate more fully into wider society.
You can find the full message here.
This year’s theme is “Tourism and jobs: a better future for all”. As someone who works in this industry, it is wonderful to read this because seriously, jobs in this segment are important. They provide a really valuable source of revenue for cities, states, and countries! 1 out of every 10 jobs belongs to this sector! Individuals, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and large corporations can all participate! Aaaanyways.
2019 Host Country
This year’s host country is India, with events being held in New Delhi. You can find the full program for the celebrations here.
India is a wildly diverse place, with a rich cultural heritage and a distinct geographic identity thanks to its mountains and the sea. Delhi is in itself a wonderful contrast, being one of the oldest cities in the world, while also showcasing how rapidly the country is modernizing.
Other fun facts about India:
- Climates here are very extreme, ranging from 22 C to 50 C
- Their official currency is Indian Rupees
- Standard Time in India is 5h30m ahead of GMT, one of the few places in the world that has half-hour differences.
What do you think about this year’s theme? Is there a particular theme you wish the UNWTO would address, and why? Let us know in the comments!