Related Topics: Tourism, UNWTO
United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has chosen India as the host country to celebrate World Tourism Day 2019.
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 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
- It is celebrated on every September 27 around the world.
- It is on this very date the statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.
- The organization comes up with a different theme for the World Tourism Day every year.
- For the first time, India will be hosting World Tourism Day this year.
- The theme of World Tourism Day 2019 is ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’.
- This is in line with UNWTO’s overall emphasis on skills, education and jobs throughout the year.
- The theme resonates with organisation’s overarching objective to persuade the governments around the world to introduce new policies to maximise the potential of tourism and create more jobs, especially for youth and women.
- It is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
- It promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
- It encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
[Source: PIB, Business Today]