New Delhi: World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 across the world. However, Covid-19 has changed our lifestyle, and travelling preferences, too.
As per the data of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), about 100 to 120 million jobs in the tourism industry are at risk directly.
Ever since 1980, World Tourism Day is celebrated annually across the world on September 27. It was on this day in 1970 when the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted which are considered a milestone in global tourism. UNWTO celebrated the first World Tourism Day as an international observance on September 27, 1980.
The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the important of tourism in affecting the social, cultural, political and economic values of international community. In current times, it is important to raise awareness about the tourism sector given that 90% of World Heritages Sites closed as a result of the pandemic and young people in rural communities are three times more likely to be unemployed.
However, domestic tourism is expected to return before international tourism, as per UNWTO foresight. This could benefit rural communities if managed well.
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.