Today, September 27, World Tourism Day 2021 is celebrated, a day that celebrates tourism that is undoubtedly one of the most important economic engines in the world and especially in Spain, where it represents 14.6% of GDP in addition to 2.8 million jobs. Let’s learn more about this day, its origin and what is its theme for this 2021.
World Tourism Day 2021: Origin and history
World Tourism Day 2021 is a day that is celebrated each year on September 27 to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization in 1970. This is the United Nations agency responsible for promoting the Responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
Thus, UNWTO was established on this day in 1980 to raise awareness of how tourism affects socio-cultural, political and economic values globally and the role of tourism within the international community.
Importance of this day
On this day of celebration, UNWTO urges people to highlight the capacity of tourism . ” As we celebrate this day, we express our commitment that, as tourism grows, the benefits to be realized will be felt at all levels of our broad and diverse sector, from the largest airline to the smallest family business “, stated in his official message Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the UNWTO .
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the tourism sector affects almost every part of the global economy and societies, allowing historically marginalized people and those at risk of being left behind to benefit from local development. and direct. ” On World Tourism Day, we recognize the power and potential of tourism to promote prosperity and drive inclusive sustainable development ,” he declared.
Theme of World Tourism Day 2021
This year the chosen theme was: ” Tourism for inclusive growth “. The chosen theme aims to help people associated with the tourism sector in all possible ways, especially after 2020 and what happened due to the Coronavirus pandemic that still affects the whole world and that has caused a crisis in many sectors, among them that of tourism. UNWTO has urged businesses, tourists, UN agencies, member states and non-members to ‘ celebrate the unique ability of tourism to ensure that no one is left behind as the world begins to open up again and look ahead. the future .