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.
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.
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