World Tourism Day 2020

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World tourism day is celebrated on September 27th every year. Travelling to different destinations helps us to relax, detoxify our minds and achieve peace from within. Tourism is a significant income generator for a country’s economy.


About World Tourism Day

  • The purpose of World Tourism Day (WTD) is to foster awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
  • The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
  • United Nations World Tourism Organisation
  • The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations Specialised Agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
  • It was established in 1975 with headquarters at Madrid, Spain.
  • UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts.


Theme of World Tourism Day 2020

  • The theme of World Tourism Day 2020 is ‘Tourism and Rural Development’, as tourism is a leading provider of employment and opportunities in the countless rural communities around the world. .
  • Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the industry had been hard hit. Also in many rural places, tourism is one of the few feasible economic sectors.


Significance of World Tourism

  • As said by the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, tourism empowers rural communities, providing jobs and opportunities, most notably for women and youth all around the world.
  • Tourism is one of the major sources of income for the people living in the rural world as it helps them to hold onto their unique cultural heritage and traditions, and at the same time acts as an auxiliary in safeguarding habitat and endangered species.
  • World Tourism Day 2020 is an opportunity to recognize the potential of tourism in building a better future for all. It is estimated that 68% of the world population will live in urban areas, while 80% of those currently living in ‘extreme poverty’ live outside of towns and cities by 2050.
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