Traveling is not just a culture created by the community, but it has evolved into a lifestyle and implemented into each of our personal lives. However, with the increasing popularity of tourism that involves and revolves around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is never too late to understand and recognize the efforts on fulfilling those SDGs where one of them is through World Tourism Day. Here’s all you need to know about World Tourism Day!
World Tourism Day has been celebrated every year since 1980 on the 27th of September and is deemed a milestone in global tourism. The day and its statutes were initiated by Ignatius Amaduwa Atigbi and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The day is celebrated with the aim of raising the awareness that tourism would have a great contribution and big impact on social, cultural, political, and economic sectors in order to reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By celebrating this day, hopefully, the role of tourism would also be acknowledged by the international community, while at the same time promoting education, sustainable tourism, and supporting local businesses for a better future.
The 42nd World Tourism Day would be held in Bali with Indonesia as the host country. The theme for this year is #RethinkingTourism, suitable for a post-pandemic condition. Due to the crisis, creativity and transformation are needed in mitigating the challenges of restarting the whole economic condition.
This is the perfect opportunity in order to get more people in feeling the benefit of the restart of tourism. By aiming and inspiring the people around us by rethinking tourism for development, including through education and jobs, and tourism’s impact and its opportunities, we will hopefully be able to jumpstart while also growing in a more sustainable nature in the long run.
This year's festivities would be filled with several programs in different forms, which include seminars, competitions, social services, clean rivers, and reforestation. These attempts would be supported by polytechnics and other stakeholders involved in tourism.
Not only institutions, governments, businesses, and other stakeholders in tourism can partake in these festivities, but we can also join in by doing some of these steps:
Those would be a great move to do during your travels, but what if traveling is still not an option for you at the moment? You can always join the festivities and embody the spirit from the comfort of your home by doing these things:
As some might not be able to travel, entertaining yourself and planning for your next getaway might be a great option. You might find and learn about new great destinations, eccentric cultures, and the beauty of mother nature from your screen. Just make sure to take notes!
Have a pile of unused stuff? Help recycling and achieve the sustainability goals by recycling your unused stuff! Repurposing these unused items may lead to a new use. The possibilities are endless!
Although it is a bummer to not be able to travel outside the city or the country, visiting attractions in your city would always be helpful in restarting the economy! SMEs are always there to fulfill your needs and local attractions will always welcome your visit. Some businesses might even give discounts or free entry due to the government's attempt and support in spreading awareness.
Ten fingers could change the lives of ten people, by spreading the awareness you could help influence other people to do the same! Closer to the fulfillment of SDGs, and the restarting of post-pandemic tourism.
Here are the things that we can do to celebrate and embody the spirit of World Tourism Day! Don’t forget to download the HalalTrip Mobile App to find all the mosques and halal restaurants nearby and have a better travel experience as a Muslim.