Every year, on the 27th of September, World Tourism Day is celebrated all around the world. Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has recognised the efforts of tourism in amplifying a countries’ overall value.
It is an undeniable fact that many people’s livelihood is dependent on tourism. This year’s theme is “Tourism for inclusive growth”. In other words, it aims to uplift each and every contributing member of the tourism sector, including “communities, minorities, youth and those who would otherwise be at risk of being left behind.”
Many countries were affected owing to the pandemic. Marginalised communities were hit the hardest. According to the UNWTO, 32 million people were pushed into extreme poverty in 2020. While we’re slowly opening up the economy, we’re all still reeling in the effects of the pandemic.
This year’s World Tourism Day’s theme has urged countries to revive the tourism sector in order to help kickstart recovery and growth. The focus, however, is on the people involved and ensuring that they have an opportunity to look forward. The positive impact of tourism to empower local communities and revive economies is in the hands of tourists.
This year, the UNWTO has encouraged people all around the world to high-resolution photos and videos that showcase tourism at its best. If you wish to take part, submit Hi-res photos of at least 300 dpi and videos no longer than one minute of at least 1080 pixels resolution. Send it to email@example.com with:
- Email subject: WTD 2021 footage (state name of your country)
- Contact person
Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary-General at UNWTO, shared, “By celebrating this day, we state our commitment that, as tourism grows, the benefits that come will be felt at every level of our broad and diverse sector, from the biggest airline to the smallest family business.”
The power to drive sustainable and inclusive growth lies in opening up tourism for all so that no one is left behind. Let’s drive opportunities for all.