World Tourism Day, celebrated annually on the September 27th, is a momentous occasion for travelers and countries worldwide to come together to celebrate the beauty and significance of tourism. This year, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has chosen the theme “Tourism and Green Investments” to shed light on the importance of sustainable practices in the tourism sector.
Why do we celebrate World Tourism Day?
World Tourism Day is celebrated to recognize the significant role that tourism plays in our global society. Especially, it emphasizes the importance of responsible and sustainable tourism practices, encourages innovation within the industry, and honors the dedicated professionals who make travel experiences memorable. Ultimately, the celebration of World Tourism Day reinforces the idea that tourism is a force for promoting, peace, and prosperity among nations and individuals.
World Tourism Day Themes
Each year, World Tourism Day celebrates a different theme, with the host country taking the lead in emphasizing its significance. For 2023, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is the host, and the theme is “Tourism and Green Investment.” This theme highlights the imperative need for the tourism sector to focus on sustainable practices, making it an eco-friendly and responsible industry. Looking ahead, the themes for World Tourism Day 2024 and 2025 are “Tourism and Peace” and “Tourism and Sustainable Transformation,” respectively.
Tourism and Green Investments
The 2023 World Tourism Day theme, “Tourism and Green Investments,” prompts us to rethink how the tourism industry operates. It highlights the urgent need for sustainability in all aspects of tourism, from transportation to accommodation and attractions. Green investments involve eco-friendly infrastructure, renewable energy sources, and responsible tourism practices.
Accordingly, world Tourism Day 2023, with its theme of “Tourism and Green Investments,” provides a timely reminder of the need for sustainable tourism practices. As we celebrate this day, let us remember that our travel choices can have a profound impact on the planet and the prosperity of communities worldwide.Together, we can make tourism not only enjoyable but also a force for positive change.
On this World Tourism Day, may we all be inspired to explore the world with open hearts and responsible minds, leaving behind nothing but footprints of respect and admiration.