The year 2021 marks a crucial year in the history of International Tourism Day. Like last year, this year is a challenging one too. With the pandemic, the countries were in a lockdown mode, due to which all the travel came to a halt, whether for recreational purposes or business-related. Wasn’t that a bummer? Anyways, due to this halt, several countries attended World Tourism Day virtually last year, which may be the case this year too.
With the global outbreak of the COVID 19 virus, it is of no surprise that tourism has become one of the most affected sectors. Each country has witnessed a hard hit on its tourism sector. So, for the year 2021, the World Tourism Day theme is ’Tourism for inclusive growth’. The theme is to encourage the creation of job opportunities in the sector and a growth path for the travel industry. Basically, it is an attempt to restore the strength of worldwide tourism and make it even stronger than before.
And before we forget, the official Tourism Day celebration will be held in Cote d'Ivoire in South Africa. With travel restrictions slowly being lifted, the citizens of South Africa (which has been selected as the host country this year) are extremely excited to travel and explore their country. With all the health and safety protocols in line, the government of South Africa has put forward a robust plan to revive its tourism sector and promote nation-building. For which we are super excited!
There’s no wonder why World Tourism Day is a great initiative. It informs and educates us about the need and effects of tourism. So, let’s play our part by coming together (virtually if needed), promote the tourism industry and make the upcoming 27th September a memorable and happy Tourism Day. And we hope, all of us can again travel to our heart’s content soon!