World Tourism Day

This pandemic has put a stop to the “travel on foot” hope of many, bringing the tourism and hospitality industry to a standstill for more than one-and-a-half years.

World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day

This pandemic has put a stop to the “travel on foot” hope of many, bringing the tourism and hospitality industry to a standstill for more than one-and-a-half years. Travel and tourism in India, which accounts for nearly 2.5 percent of its GDP, saw the loss of 14.5 million jobs in the first quarter of 2020 alone.

Though the second half of 2021 saw restrictions relieve and many countries opening up once again. India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years.

We all know that tourism is a broad sector which is divided into business, leisure, wedding, and many more. Out of them, the leisure industry and wedding industries are recovering quickly as compared to the business.

History

World Tourism Day was first designated in September 1979 by the World Tourism Organization. It officially began in 1980. The reason behind choosing September 27 as the day to celebrate this is also important. On this day, the UNWTO(United Nations World Tourism Day) statutes were adopted on September 27, 1970.

Significance

Tourism has the ability to bring the world together. Its involvement in the international community will only encourage positive growth in various aspects. Tourism has a big role to play when it comes to a country's economy, especially when it comes to employment opportunities. When it comes to culture and history, what better way to preserve and appreciate it than by tourism promoting it.

During the pandemic, 90 percent of world heritage sites were closed and millions, who were dependent on tourism for their livelihoods, left unemployed. The purpose of World Tourism Day is to highlight the importance the tourism sector plays in our lives and to focus on inclusive growth in the sector.

Theme

This year, the theme for the day is 'Tourism for Inclusive Growth.' COVID-19 had a major impact on everyone around the world. While it broke families, it also had a devastating impact on the global economy. One of the worst-hit sectors was tourism. With this theme in mind, the UNWTO aims to rebuild the world by bringing back tourism as countries slowly return to routine. As tourism is restarted, it will be a big boost for the economy. Along with that, the results of this growth should be spread far and wide in every corner of the world. No community should be left behind in this. And may this coronavirus not hit again.

However, the pandemic is not over and it is important to follow the below guidelines to ensure a safe trip without any unexpected consequences. Before traveling make a list of places you want to visit and plan accordingly. Remember proper planning is the key to success, especially in travel.

The second most important thing to do before planning a holiday is to check travel restrictions and important guidelines imposed on the particular location. Because the COVID-19 makes people do check for a period of quarantine to two doses of COVID-19 vaccination and negative RT-PCR reports, different places have different requirements.

If you are feeling sick and have any symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home for the safety of yourself and others. In this way, you can treat yourself to get better soon as well as prevent the virus from spreading.

You must research well about the location you are planning to visit to have a safe and comfortable trip. There are several websites, which provide details about the holiday destinations, nearby attractions, accommodation options, and food points.

Make sure you carry essential items like identity cards, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, face masks, face shields among others it becomes a necessity.

Keep packaged food and drinking water with you all the time.

Follow COVID-19 safety precautions like avoiding touching surfaces unnecessarily. If you need to touch anything, sanitize your hand properly, especially before eating and touching your eyes and nose.

Keep sanitizing your surroundings during the trip, like your seat, armrest, etc, with a disinfectant spray or wipe. Try to use digital transactions as much as possible and avoid human contacts.