People love to travel from one place to another, one country to another. Travelling is an experience for an individual. It opens doors in the lap of nature, away from the hustle bustle of life. Some travel to find inner peace, others are mere tourists.
The dream holiday destination list is huge for each one of us. We wish to travel through the Himalayan Range frozen in the beauty of the mountain range guarding us. We wish to travel in the mountains of Alps, board the Euro Rail and explore the Europe of Yash Raj films.
For some, travelling is sneaking away from the boring work schedule and for some it’s time to relish moments with loved ones. There are thousands of people travelling every day from one place to another. Do you even know how much revenue tourism generates for a particular country? Maybe millions or even billions, travelling has become a necessity for the souls.
Tourism has been the main contributing factor in the revenue generation for all the nations round the world. It might be astonishing to people but this September, we have a “World Tourism Day” to be celebrated. Wondering What? Why? How? Here’s, the answer to the questions popping in your head.
Heard of Friendship Day, celebrated… Heard of Valentine’s Day and celebrated it too… Here’s one more day that demands your attention. It is a day to acknowledge and promote tourism worldwide. Worldwide people celebrate the United Nations’ (UN) World Tourism Day on September 27, each year. It is a day dedicated to the awareness of tourism, the impact of tourism on the socio-economic development of the nations and mending relations.
- Theme for World Tourism Day 2015- “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities”.
With every travel trip, we generate revenue and create opportunities for the tourist spots. Remember every place you visited, Taj Mahal or Eiffel Tower; you have souvenir shops lined in front of you. Tourist guide, shops, eateries create job opportunities in the tourist spots. This theme of WTD 2015 says it aloud.
- The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (UN) quotes at the kick start of the celebration this 27th September – “ Let us work together to maximize the immense potential of tourism to drive inclusive economic growth, protect environment and promote sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.”
- In the 20th UNWTO General Assembly (2013), the host country for the celebration of the World Tourism Day was nominated. This year, the West- African nation of Burkina Faso is the host nation. However, due to civil unrest in the region the celebration has been called off for this year. Yet, the global celebrations would continue under the WTD 2015 Theme.
One of the favorite countries for the tourists. This year, Honourable Cultural Minister of India, Mahesh Sharma has approved a special proposal to celebrate the WTD 2015. About 200 ticketed tourist sites have been declared open for free entry on 27th This includes about 116 World Heritage Sites such as Taj Mahal, Golconda Fort and over 35 sites museums such as Salarjung Museum.
- The Capital of India
Delhi, gears up to celebrate the WTD 2015. The tourists would be welcomed in the ceremonial Indian way with tilak and garlands at the airport. The Capital is also ready to host the cycle rally on this day. Nearly 200 bicycles would hit the road around the legendary Qutab Minar, ministers and bureaucrats would be particpants in the rally for a change.
One of the biggest tourist attractions of the city, Dilli Haat has been marked as free entry on the day ensuring that more number of tourists turn up. The Hotel Management students would be serving the best authentic food at the stalls
“Come celebrate the World Tourism Day, promoting and preserving the rich heritage round the world.”
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