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World Tourism Day 2020

World Tourism Day 2020

World Tourism Day is celebrated each year on the 27th of September.  Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic value. This year's theme is Tourism: Building Peace! Fostering knowledge!

On this World Tourism Day, the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector, including how it contributes to the sustainable development goals, through its social, cultural, political, and economic value. Tourism can eventually help us move beyond the pandemic, by bringing people together and promoting solidarity and trust – crucial ingredients in advancing the global cooperation so urgently needed at this time.

Tourism allows people to experience some of the world’s cultural and natural riches and brings people closer to each other, highlighting our common humanity.  Tourism has been among the hardest hit of all sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic. No country has been unaffected. Restrictions on travel and a sudden drop in consumer demand have led to an unprecedented fall in international tourism numbers, which in turn have led to economic loss and the loss of jobs.

We look forward to brighter days where travellers will be free to explore and embrace new experiences without barriers.   We believe travel is good for the soul and look forward to welcoming new and repeat guests.

As this year's theme incorporates fostering knowledge, what better way to learn than some tourism trivia.

  • World Tourism Day was first observed on September 27, 1980. The United Nations chose this date as, on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.
  • Tourism employs one in every ten people on Earth. Because of the pandemic, 100-120 million direct tourism jobs are at risk.
  • In the first five months of this year, international tourist arrivals decreased by more than half.
  • COVID-19 could cost a loss of $910 billion to $1.2 trillion in international tourism visitor spending.

 

Sources:

United Nations

SDG Knowledge Hub

The Statesman



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