Naomi Soman
Naomi Soman

Sep 25. 2 mins


You might say that tourism helps make the world go ‘round.

Rosemary Arauz discovering Roatan, Honduras by cruise. You can see her entire editorial by clicking the image.

It boosts economies and promotes globalization, cooperation, and tolerance. More importantly, touring other countries helps us to expand our horizons culturally, historically, and geographically.

That’s why we’re celebrating World Tourism Day on September 27th.

Whether you’re hitting the club scene in Montreal or exploring the wrecks along the St. Lawrence River, you’ll want to celebrate this Thursday.

After all, as divers, we love seeking out new sites and navigating new waters.

What is World Tourism Day? I’m glad you asked. We’re going to talk a little bit about what World Tourism Day is, why it was established, and how you can celebrate the holiday in your corner of the world

What is World Tourism Day?

World Tourism Day was established by the United Nations all the way back in 1979, and it was first celebrated in 1980.

Each year has a specific theme chosen by the United Nations World Tourist Organization

(UNWTO) general assembly, and there are speakers, panels, and events held to discuss the obstacles and challenges associated with tourism today. This year’s theme is “Tourism and the Digital Transformation,” and official festivities will take place in Budapest, Hungary at the Hilton Castle.

Former themes include “Tourism Linking Cultures,” “Tourism & Biodiversity,” and “Tourism Responding to the Challenges of Climate Change.”

Why Was World Tourism Day Established? 

Tourism is, believe it or not, one of the fastest growing sectors of today’s economy. The number of tourists has grown from a measly 25 million back in 1950 all the way to 1.3 billion in only 70 years.

In fact, tourism accounts for a whopping 10% of the world’s GDP.

Thanks to lower costs of transportation and a wealthier middle class not to mention technological advances, more and more people have gotten the chance to see the world.
World Tourism Day was established to help foster this growth and make recreational travel easier and more affordable for generations to come.

How Can You Celebrate World Tourism Day?

How can you celebrate World Tourism Day? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Budapest, Hungary

  • Come to Hungary! Want to hear more about the United Nation’s plans for tourism in the coming year? From music to sustainability, you can help pave the future for international tourism. Plus, you can do some touring of your own. Budapest is a beautiful city with a fascinating past and a vibrant cultural life.
  • Take a Cruise! Why hit one city when you can travel up the whole coast? This Eastern Canada cruise will take you from New York all the way up the Atlantic coast to Quebec City. Celebrate tourism the Canadian way—strolling through quiet fishing villages, shopping in quaint local boutiques, and learning about maritime history.
  • Launch Your Business! Enter the first international startup competition hosted by UNWTO and Globalia. This global initiative was created to fund promising new companies who are devoted to furthering tourism. Winners receive access to mentors and funding from Globalia, Spain’s largest travel corporation, to run a pilot program.

Now we want to hear from you. What does tourism mean to you? Why do you travel? Comment below to tell us your thoughts! We love to hear from you, and we always take the time to respond.


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