September 27th is for all of you travelers, adventurers, and explorers out there! The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has designated September 27th as a day to focus on “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”.
Tourism is one of the world’s most important economic sectors. It employs one in every ten people on earth, and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more. In Canada in 2019, tourism-related work made up roughly 4% of all jobs, and the sector contributed a full 2% to country-wide gross domestic product (Statistics Canada, 2019).
In having such a large influence over Canadian jobs and economic growth, tourism can be a catalyst for economic recovery post-pandemic, and can do so while being inclusive and sustainable.
This is what the UNWTO hopes to shed light on by introducing World Tourism Day:
- That tourism can boost economies and do so while including communities, minorities, youth, and other at-risk demographics, as well as while leading the way in sustainability by highlighting the value of conservation, investing in nature-based solutions to tourism, and emphasizing circularity in food and plastic chains.
And now that you're all read up on World Tourism Day 2021, do we need any more reason for you to get out and get exploring?
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