Happy World Tourism Day!
Today is the official day that celebrates the altruistic and great power of tourism.
Travel connects us to each other around the world, raises our awareness of the role of environmental sustainability in our tourism practices, bridges the gap of our societal differences by challenging our understanding of unique cultures, and at its most simplest and humbling – travel opens the world for us to see the beauty and diversity of our planet.
Every year, the United Nations hosts a celebration for this day in a different city around the world and brings awareness to a special underlying theme that envelops the importance of tourism and its positive impacts on the world around us, socially, culturally, and politically. This year, the festivities are being held in Bangkok and the underlying theme is accessible tourism – tourism for all – a theme that empowers the idea that we, as citizens of the world, from all walks of life, should have the right to experience the world around us.
Since 1980, the United Nations has declared Sep. 27 as World Tourism Day. Past World Tourism Days include WTD 2014 held in Guadalajara, Mexico, which celebrated tourism and its ability to contribute to community development; WTD 2008 held in Lima, Peru which celebrated tourism and its constructive response to climate change awareness; and WTD 2011 held in Aswan, Egypt which celebrated tourism and its role in linking cultures of the world together through travel. This year, WTD 2016 will be hosted in Bangkok, Thailand and the theme is accessible tourism for all and the right for all of the world’s citizens to experience the diversity on our planet and the beauty of the world for the overall benefit of its effect on society at large.