Today is World Tourism Day!
This annual event aims at raising awareness about the importance of tourism in regards to its socio-cultural, political and economic aspects. Established by the UNWTO General Assembly, the first World Tourism Day took place in 1980. Since then, it has been celebrated annually through related themes selected by the UNWTO General Assembly.
People of all ages are invited to take part in celebrations either in their respective country or holiday destination while the official World Tourism Day celebrations take part in a UNWTO member state.
This year, the World Tourism Day celebrations will take place in the Maldives with the theme “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”. This year, the celebration aims at raising awareness about the role of tourism in relation to water access by encouraging a more sustainable usage of water in the tourism industry.
It is also an opportunity to make people reflect their own impact as a traveller in terms of sustainable water consumption.
Find out more about World Tourism Day and get involved at wtd.unwto.org.