World Tourism Day 2020 – MacroTraveller

This year tourism has been hit hard and frequent travelers bear the brunt of the pandemic. However, this does not deter people from celebrating the annual World Tourism Day, and it falls on September 27, 2020, which the United Nations celebrates with the theme of “Tourism and Rural Development”. The event not only highlights the importance of the tourism industry in maintaining and promoting culture, but also reflecting on the future of the industry.

The tourism sector contributes to the goals of sustainable development through its social, cultural, political and economic value. However, during these unprecedented times, there was a risk of job losses and women, youth and workers in the informal economy in particular are at risk.

Due to the pandemic, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations forecast that around 100 to 120 million jobs are at risk. This year we need to maintain and redevelop the tourism industry, which contributes 1.2 to 2% of world GDP.

Due to the tourism crisis, there is also a threat to wildlife conservation, world heritage protection, etc. Due to the sudden loss, many livelihoods are at risk, increasing cases of poaching and 90% of world heritage sites are closed and cultural heritage in all parts of the world to be endangered.

This year, the international daily observation is taking place at a critical moment when the world is under pressure and the situation is particularly difficult for young people, women from rural communities, where tourism is their lifeline.

or for the first time in the 40-year history of world tourism, the official celebration will not be hosted by a single member state of the specialized agency of the United Nations. Instead, Nations from the Mercosur bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, with Chile joining observer status) is considered to be common hosts. This co-hosting agreement illustrates that Spirit of international solidarity This goes through tourism and has recognized the UNWTO as essential for recreation.

History of world tourism

The annual World Tourism Day was celebrated by the United Nations. It was on this day in 1970 that the statues of the UNWTO were passed and were considered a landmark in global tourism. The UNWTO celebrated World Tourism Day for the first time on September 27, 1980 and has been celebrated ever since.

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