World Tourism Day: 2019


The United Nations World Tourism Organization is celebrating World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27 Since 1980. 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.

This year for the first time India will be hosting World Tourism Day which has the theme ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’. The program which will be held in the bustling yet charming city Delhi will focus on the challenges outlined in the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations and how the tourism industry can help meet these challenges. As the theme goes, the main objective of the program is to zero in on methods to open more avenues for job seekers in the field of tourism.

Official Message by the Secretary-General, UNWTO
Secretary-General-UNWTOTourism can help us build a better future for everyone. Around the world, the tourism sector is leading source of employment, supporting many millions of jobs and driving economies forward, both at the local and the national level.

At the same time, it is a catalyst for equality and inclusivity. In many places, tourism employment gives women, young people and those living in rural communities the chance to support themselves and their families and to integrate more fully into wider society.

The true potential of tourism, both as a creator of jobs and as a driver of equality and sustainable development, is only just being realized. Providing decent work opportunities and contributing to developing professional skills are at the heart of this. Well managed, the continued growth of our sector will encompass countless opportunities and allow tourism to live up to its global social responsibility to leave no one behind.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations

prahlad-singh-minister-tourismIndia is pleased to host the official celebrations of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Day in New Delhi. The theme of this year’s World Tourism Day ‘Tourism and Jobs: A better Future for All’ is highly appropriate as tourism is extremely labour intensive and significant source of employment for many global economies. Tourism is one such activity which extends to various other sectors and thus is responsible for creating direct and indirect employment requiring varying degrees of skills and allows for quick entry into the workforce for youth, women and poor. The tourism sector therefore is not only an engine for economic growth but also an effective tool for poverty alleviation among the marginalised segments of the society. (Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (IC) for Tourism & Culture, Government of India)

Host Country: India, New Delhi, India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. It covers an area of 32, 87,263 sq. km, extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. As you travel, India offers a range of vast tourism choices, diverse in land and nature, people, tribes, cuisine, faiths, dance forms, music, arts, crafts, adventure, sport, spirituality, history; even these vary as you journey from one state to another.

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