World Tourism Day: Rethink Tourism
Tourism has been the sector hit hardest by the pandemic and the people and the livelihoods that depend on it really struggled for survival. In essence, these past two years have been really difficult, but we recognize that going forward, we will need to completely rethink the sector, which may present an opportunity.
Developed nations were significantly better equipped to deal with the crisis, largely by providing financial aid to small firms and the industry in an effort to keep jobs for people. Developing nations had difficulties accomplishing it.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. Since 1980, UNWTO has celebrated World Tourism Day as an international observance on September 27. The theme of this year is 'Rethink Tourism 'and the official World Tourism Day celebration will be held in Bali, Indonesia, on 27 September, highlighting the shift toward tourism being recognized as a crucial pillar of development.
The event will develop around a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on "Rethinking Tourism as a Key Element of Recovery", as well as a discussion on "The Tourism We Want", led by local representatives from across Bali's tourism sector. UNWTO's Member States will be invited to amplify the celebrations and key messages, while UNWTO will also promote the event and its central theme of rethinking tourism through its channels and partners.
The restart of tourism will help kickstart recovery and growth. It is essential that the benefits this will bring are enjoyed widely and fairly. Be a responsible traveller and make a difference.
- Shop Locally - Where you choose to spend your money when it comes to dining, lodging, and purchasing souvenirs can have a significant impact on the community. You can personally contribute to the local economy by eating at a roadside stand, lodging in a family-run inn, or buying a souvenir from a street vendor. You not only help someone improve their own life but also provide yourself with a more genuine vacation experience. When you shop at a multinational enterprise, the majority of your tourism money just end up in the shareholders' and company executives' pocket.
- Minimize your waste- Waste management can be a major issue in most developing countries, and we as travellers; often unknowingly contribute to this problem. It is crucial to take action to protect the environment. Instead of using plastic bags from the store, place your purchases in a backpack or a cloth bag. Rather than ordering takeout, eat and drink in the cafe (or carry a KeepCup with you, which we always do). Bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up from the big water jugs that are available at most hotels and restaurants.
- Respect the local culture - Learning about other cultures and beliefs is one of the best benefits of travelling. Being fortunate enough to witness the world and its different and fascinating population is an amazing feeling. When we travel, we must never forget how crucial it is to respect those regional traditions and customs. Short shorts or singlets may be regarded as unacceptable in many nations because of the more strict dress codes there. Spare some time learning a few words in the language of the place you are visiting (even if it is just "hello" and "thank you").
Study what the customs are of where you are travelling to ensure you don't inadvertently offend anyone.
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