World Tourism Day Event: Girdhar Vyas, who claims to sport the longest moustache in the world, poses for a photograph on the eve of World Tourism Day, in Bikaner.
World Tourism Day 2020
Tourism has the capacity to unite people, country which plays an important role in global cooperation. The day is celebrated to exemplify the spirit of international unity that is imbibed in tourism. UNWTO has recognised it as significant.
What is UNWTO?
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
World Tourism Day 2020 also highlights the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting culture and heritage all around the world.
The Secretary-General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili said Tourism helps rural communities hold onto their unique natural and cultural heritage, supporting conservation projects, including those safeguarding endangered species, lost traditions or flavours.
Why World Tourism Day is celebrated ?
Since 1980, World Tourism Day is observed every year on September 27 with the objective to raise awareness about the importance of tourism. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism.
World Tourism Day 2020 Theme
The theme of World Tourism Day 2020 is ‘Tourism and Rural Development’, as tourism is a leading provider of employment and opportunities in the countless rural communities around the world.
World Tourism day 2020 Host Country
This year, Nations from the MERCOSUR member states (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, with Chile joining as member associate status) will be the joint hosts.
World Tourism Day India
Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah inaugurated “Destination North East-2020” on the ocassion of World Tourism Day. Theme for Destination North East 2020 is “The Emerging Delightful Destinations”.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh says, North-Eastern Region to emerge one of the favourite tourist and business destinations of India post COVID-19.
Last Year, World Tourism Day 2019 host Country was India. And the World Tourism Day 2019 Theme was “Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all”.
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