Did you know there is a day of the year dedicated to tourism? And guess what? It’s today!
September 27th is known as World Tourism Day.
World Tourism Day was started by the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 1980 as a day to celebrate tourism around the world.
According to their website, the purpose of the day is to “foster awareness among the global community of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution the sector can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Tourism Now vs. Then
It amazes me how easy it is nowadays to travel in comparison to what it was like in the past. When you think about it, being a tourist is way simpler now.
Thanks to technological advances, we have a plethora of information at our disposal, and the world is increasingly more interconnected with each day that passes. Barriers such as language, cost, time, currency, entry requirements, safety, and overall lack of knowledge have been greatly reduced. We are very lucky to live in a time where we can travel with such limited restrictions.
“… the world is increasingly more interconnected with each day that passes.”
For example, whereas the first airborne journey around the world took 175 days, now it’s possible to do it in under 48 hours.
Now we have high-speed trains travelling speeds averaging over 300 km/h, and the fastest trains clock over 400 km/h (270 mph). I’ve travelled on high-speed trains in two countries, Japan and Morocco, and it’s impressive how smooth the ride is. It’s easy to forget how fast you’re going until you look out the window.
In the past, there was much less travel information available to travellers. In contrast, now all we have to do is simply type our destination into Google and we gain access to hoards of useful knowledge we can use to guide our planning.
Another major reason why tourism has become more accessible: airline ticket prices have dropped significantly. For some trips, you might’ve had to pay several thousands of dollars. Although flight prices can still be pricey at times, it’s not unthinkable to buy return international flight tickets for under $20 (I know from personal experience).
Touring the world has truly never been easier.
This Year’s Host & Theme
This year’s host of World Tourism Day is India.
Side note: I definitely plan to visit India someday—it’s currently somewhere in the middle on my top 10 list of countries I want to visit next. I considered doing a study abroad program there at one point during my undergrad, but I ended up going with Brazil and Austria.
This year’s theme for World Tourism Day is: Tourism and jobs: a better future for all
If you want to learn more about the host or theme, just click on the links above.
Tourism: One of the fastest growing economic sectors
Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. According to the UNWTO, ”the business volume of tourism equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, food products or automobiles.”
So, there you have it. As you go about your day today, or on future September 27ths, feel free to inform everyone it’s World Tourism Day.
Header Photo Source: World Tourism Day 2019