World Tourism Day is an international observance, celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic value. The day aims to highlight the need for sustainable tourism practices that ensure the preservation and protection of national and global heritage and resources. Established by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), this day is an opportunity to showcase the potential of tourism in enabling inclusive growth, fostering economic development, and promoting cultural exchange among different nations.
First celebrated in 1980, World Tourism Day holds special significance for India, as the country has immense potential for tourism growth, given its rich history, diverse culture, and myriad landscapes. India boasts a plethora of incredible destinations, ranging from the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas to the backwaters of Kerala, and from the deserts of Rajasthan to the pristine beaches of Goa. The UNWTO has recognized India's potential and has recently partnered with the Ministry of Tourism to develop strategies for enhancing rural tourism and promoting sustainable development.
In India, World Tourism Day is marked by various events, programs, and workshops organized by government entities, such as the Ministry of Tourism, state tourism departments, and private organizations. These events aim to generate awareness among the public about the importance of tourism in the country's economy and cultural exchange. Seminars and conferences are held to discuss ways for boosting tourism while preserving the environment and cultural heritage. India also hosts numerous cultural events, exhibitions, and food festivals, showcasing the incredible regional diversity to promote domestic and international tourism. World Tourism Day is observed annually in India on September 27, coinciding with the global date for this observance.
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