September 27, is celebrated as the United Nations’ (UN) World Tourism Day.
The day aims to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. The United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) invites people worldwide to participate in World Tourism Day on September 27 every year. The UNWTO Secretary-General annually sends out a message to the general public to mark the occasion. Many tourism enterprises and organizations, as well as government agencies with a special interest in tourism, celebrate the event with various special events and festivities.
Different types of competitions, such as photo competitions promoting tourism, as well as tourism award presentations in areas such as ecotourism, are held on World Tourism Day. Other activities include free entries, discounts or special offers for the general public to any site of tourism interest. Government and community leaders, as tourism business representatives, may make public announcements or offer special tours or fares to promote both their region and World Tourism Day on or around September 27.
Today tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. Modern tourism is closely linked to development and includes more new destinations for tourists. These dynamics turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic progress. Tourism has become one of the major players in international commerce, and represents at the same time one of the main income sources for many developing countries.
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will mark World Tourism Day with celebrations on September 26 and 27. Various programmes have been organised to mark the occasion. On September 26, we will honour 10 people as ‘tourists’ friends’ at the hands of commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar and superintendent of police, Aurangabad rural, Ishu Sindhu. The event will start at 12.30 pm at the MTDC office. Aurangabad “tourists’ friends” are people who have been in direct contact with tourists for many years.
It is worth mentioning and noticing that Maharashtra Tourism has released an Advertisement today captioned: Maharashtra has a legacy of safeguarding the dignity of women – On World Tourism Day – Lets pledge India to lead by Example. Indeed a great thought and initiative by Maharashtra Tourism.