Since 1980, we have celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. The UN chose this date because, on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the United Nations World Tourism Organization were adopted.
Their official Website states: “Over the past six decades, tourism … has become one of the fastest growing and most important economic sectors in the world, benefiting destinations and communities worldwide. International tourist arrivals worldwide have grown from 25 million in 1950 to nearly 1.2 billion in 2015. Similarly, international tourism revenues earned by destinations around the world have grown from 2 billion US dollars in 1950 to 1260 trillion in 2015. The sector represents an estimated 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs globally.” That’s a lot of traveling!
I have lived in Seattle, which is a top tourist destination as might be expected. But currently, I am staying in a small village in Ireland, where this summer I heard accents from many different countries: Slavic, French, Spanish, American, and British. Tourism accounts for a large percentage of the village revenue.
The theme for 2017 is Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development, which means, tourism should benefit travelers, the host country, and the environment. This is a good rule to follow everywhere but is especially important for developing countries, which have too often been exploited.
Tourism is a wonderful thing, enabling a person to see how different people live and see new sights. It brings in money to the people being visited. But let us travel with a mind open to learning, and a respect for the host country, its people, its customs, and its environment. Let us be good guests and good hosts as we visit and are visited.
Quotes about travel and tourism
The fool wanders, a wise man travels.–Thomas Fuller
The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists.–Sam Ewing
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.–Paul Theroux
Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.–Lawrence Block
The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it.–Martin Parr
If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.–Henry Miller
Tourism is sin, and travel on foot virtue.–Werner Herzog
I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.–Mary Anne Radmacher
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.–Robert Louis Stevenson
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.–Gustave Flaubert
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.–Benjamin Disraeli
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.–Laozi
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.–Samuel Johnson
I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.–Bill Bryson
Take only memories, leave only footprints.–Chief Seattle
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.–Susan Sontag
See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream.–Ray Bradbury
One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.–Henry Miller
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.–Charles Warnera
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