World Tourism Day 2020: Date, theme, significance and importance
- World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 every year
- The theme for World Tourism Day 2020 is 'tourism and rural development'
- Tourism is one of the major sources of livelihood globally
World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 every year across the world. This year, the day will play an important role in representing an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector amid COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme for World Tourism Day 2020 is 'tourism and rural development'. According to the United Nations, "the day will celebrate the unique role that tourism plays in providing opportunities outside of big cities and preserving cultural and natural heritage all around the world."
In the history of 40 years, World Tourism Day's official celebration will not be conducted by a single member state of the United Nations specialized agency. Instead, nations from the Mercosur bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, with Chile joining with observer status) will serve as joint hosts.
This step is taken by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to exemplify the "spirit of international solidarity" that runs through tourism.
As per the data of the UNWTO, nearly 100 to 120 million jobs are directly at risk amid the pandemic.
As tourism is one of the major sources of livelihood globally, World Tourism Day is a chance to recognize the potential of tourism in building a better future for all.