India to host 'World Tourism Day' celebrations in 2019

The theme for World Tourism Day 2019 is "Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all".

India to host 'World Tourism Day' celebrations in 2019
World Tourism Day 2019 India Theme

There is a piece of good news for every Indian as our nation India has been chosen as the host country to celebrate World Tourism Day 2019, which is based on the theme ‘Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all’.

Celebrated every your on September 27 around the world, the purpose of World Tourism Day is to promote awareness around the globe on the significance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

Every September 27th since 1980 the UNWTO celebrates World Tourism Day. The day was initiated to recognize the role of tourism and how tourism contributes to greater society.  The focus of this year's events is the role of digital technologies and opportunities for innovation.

World Tourism Day 2019 Theme

The slogan for World Tourism Day 2019 is "Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all".

Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all

  • Tourism’s role in job creation is often undervalued. This is despite the fact that tourism generates 10% of world jobs and is included in Sustainable Development Goal 8 for its potential to create decent work.
  • New policies are needed to maximize tourism’s potential to create more and better jobs, especially for women and youth. New policies are also needed to reflect and incorporate ongoing advances in technology.
  • Policies and actions should be geared towards addressing the current mismatch between tourism skills that are taught and those that tourism employers need.
  • This requires a holistic approach to the future of work in tourism, with heightened cooperation between all actors, including the public and private sectors.

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The future of work - Tourism and Jobs

Tourism is a major source of employment because of its labor-intensive nature and the significant multiplier effect on employment in related sectors. It is estimated that one job in the core tourism sector creates about one-and-a-half additional or indirect jobs in the tourism-related economy. Overall tourism accounts for one in every ten jobs globally.

The ILO estimates that ‘accommodation and restaurants’, together with ‘private sector services’, will create jobs at the fastest rate among all sectors in the economy over the next five years.

Tourism has proven to be a resilient economic activity. In each of the seven years following the global economic crisis of 2010, the number of worldwide international tourist arrivals grew at 4% or above.