World Tourism Day was established in 1980 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to highlight the importance of tourism in various aspects of our lives.
The day reminds us how tourism contributes to social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being globally. It plays an important role in promoting understanding among nations and strengthening economies especially in developing countries.
Tourism also plays an important role in preserving cultural heritage and promoting sustainable development. Responsible tourism practices are essential to ensure the preservation of our planet and its diverse cultures for future generations.
Creative ways to celebrate World Tourism Day
Explore local culture: Celebrate World Tourism Day by exploring your local culture. Visit nearby museums, art galleries, or cultural events to learn about the history and traditions of your community or neighboring areas.
Supporting Sustainable Tourism: Commit to supporting sustainable tourism. Choose eco-friendly accommodation, reduce your environmental impact, and show respect for local customs and wildlife.
Virtual Travel Experience: Even if you can’t physically travel, you can still celebrate by exploring new destinations virtually. Use the Internet to take virtual tours of famous places, watch documentaries about different cultures, or engage in virtual reality travel experiences.
Share your travel stories: If you’re an avid traveler, share your experiences through blogs, social media or presentations. Your stories can inspire others to explore the world and appreciate diverse cultures.
Cooking Adventures: Food is a universal aspect of culture. Celebrate World Tourism Day by embarking on a culinary adventure. Try cooking a traditional dish from another country or visit an international restaurant to savor exotic flavors.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Plan a visit to a nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site. These sites are recognized for their exceptional cultural or natural significance and offer valuable insight into a nation’s heritage.
Educational Workshops: Many organizations host educational workshops and seminars on World Tourism Day. Attend these events to learn about the tourism industry, sustainable practices and the impact of travel.
Volunteers for Tourism Initiatives: Give back to the tourism industry by volunteering for organizations that support local communities and promote responsible tourism. Your efforts, whether in beach cleanups or cultural festivals, can make a difference.
Plan future adventures: Use World Tourism Day as an opportunity to plan your next adventure. Research the places you’ve always dreamed of visiting and create a travel bucket list. Setting goals and making plans can fuel your wanderlust.
As such, World Tourism Day is a reminder of the incredible beauty, diversity and interconnectedness of our world. Travel has the power to broaden our horizons, foster cultural understanding and create lasting memories. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or an armchair explorer, there are a number of ways to celebrate the day and make a positive impact on the global tourism industry.
First Published: 27 Sep 2023, 10:15 IST