World Tourism Day
Everyone from the tourism industry is planning to observe World Tourism Day in their own unique way. However, there are many who are still wondering about the significance of this day. To address these curious minds, the World Luxury Travel Magazine talks about this day and how it is not only important for the tourism industry but also for the mass.
The World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 every year. The date has a special significance as it was chosen to mark the anniversary of the day when the statutes of the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) were adopted in 1970. This is considered a major milestone in the history of global tourism. The World Tourism Day is observed to create global awareness about the importance of tourism and its impact on society in various fields.
“World Tourism Day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of tourism to global well-being. As we travel, let us engage with other cultures and celebrate human diversity. On this observance, let us recognize tourism as a force for a more tolerant, open and united world.” Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
World Tourism Day 2012
World Tourism Day 2012 Events
A host of events are lined up as part of the official celebrations including the Annual World Tourism Day Photo Competition and a Twitter Competition. The UNWTO is also giving invitations to visit the “online energy school”, which is a part of a UNWTO initiated project – Hotel Energy Solutions, designed for hoteliers to help them to cut carbon emissions. A ‘Think Tank’ also forms a part of the celebrations in which top experts and policy makers in the tourism and energy sectors will participate.
The observance of this day is not confined to only a handful of highbrow officials or tourism and energy related organisations. This day is also significant for every individual in his capacity as inhabitant of the planet Earth – for you, for me. Each one of us is responsible for contributing our bit to protect the natural resources of our planet. We can start by making a mental commitment towards conserving our planet’s energy resources, as —
A tourist: Simple steps like switching off lights in hotel rooms, unplugging electrical appliances when not in use; showering instead of bathing, not asking for linen change every day unless necessary, will help save energy and water.
A tour operator: Use renewable sources of energy for supplying power to offices and vehicles. Be aware of your carbon footprint; reduce carbon emissions and costs by using Hotel Energy Solutions E-toolkit.
There are a whole range of other activities to mark this day to bring about awareness. For instance, we can hold events or competitions on the current theme of the World Tourism Day; go on a trip as a responsible traveller (read the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism before the trip) and take advantage of the free entry and special discounts offered by many destinations on this day. Above all we must remember that the planet and its resources are limited and it is our responsibility to protect it by using them sensibly.