Today is World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel and international mobilities all over the world, tourism is in decline and the tourism sector is in crisis. Against this background the UN describe this year’s World Tourism Day as a chance to think and discuss about the furture of tourism:

On this World Tourism Day, the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector, including how it contributes to the sustainable development goals, through its social, cultural, political, and economic value. Tourism can eventually help us move beyond the pandemic, by bringing people together and promoting solidarity and trust – crucial ingredients in advancing the global cooperation so urgently needed at this time.

United Nations

UNWTO has chosen “Tourism and Rural Development” as the central theme for World Tourism Day 2020, underlining the importance for tourism in rural areas and communities.
You can find more info and events related to World Tourism Day on their website.



Reminder: Survey “Urban Life Amidst COVID-19”

You can still participate in the survey “Urban Life Amidst COVID-19” which is conducted by Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland (Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dr. Johanna Hoerning (Technische Universität Berlin), and their research team. The survey focuses on Berlin’s city life amidst COVID-19.
Read more about the research project here and take the survey here.