Every Year since 1980 on September, 27, the countries around the world celebrate the World Tourism Day to promote tourism all over the globe.
The theme for this year’s World Tourism Day is ‘Tourism and Green Investments’.
The celebrations are also aimed at fostering awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic value.
Tourism helps provide employment to millions of people to the extent that few countries are completely dependent on the tourism sector for financial stability.
The UN World Tourism Organistion (UNWTO) says it seeks to highlights the need for more and better-targeted investments for people, for planet and for prosperity.
“Now is the time for new and innovative solutions, not just traditional investments that promote and underpin economic growth and productivity,” UNWTO said.
This year, as Saudi Arabia is the chair of the UNWTO Executive Council, over 500 government officials and industry leaders from 120 countries would gather in Riyadh from September 27 to 28.
The tourism fosters mutual understanding, builds bridges, and safeguards cultural heritage and environmental conservation. It contributes to a more harmonious world. It also promotes digitalization and innovation.
“….the global tourism workforce will require millions of hospitality graduates annually between now and 2030 and a further 800,000 jobs a year will require specific vocational training. For these reasons, we need to invest in people, as they are the foundation of tourism so that all those who wish to be part of the sector have the same opportunities to access quality tourism training, anywhere in the world,” according to the UNWTO website.