World Tourism Day 2018: Protecting World Heritage
September 27, 2018: Started in 1980 by The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated worldwide annually on September 27. This day aims at raising awareness among masses regarding the potential that tourism holds in order to contribute to sustainable development, thus impacting a country’s economy. Tourism not only allows people from different geographies and communities to mingle with each other but also affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
The theme of this year's World Tourism Day (WTD) is "Tourism and the Digital Transformation". World Tourism Day 2018 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the potential contribution of digital technologies to sustainable tourism development, while providing a platform for investment, partnerships and collaboration towards a more responsible and inclusive tourism sector. Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting someplace as a tourist with the intention of making a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy. The tourists or travelers both should remain mindful of not spoiling the environment through practices that can’t be reversed.
This year's tourism host country is Hungary. Main events for this year's World Tourism would be held in Hungary's capital Budapest. Budapest is a classical European capital committed to the digital future - the perfect stage for this year's celebration of tourism. In 2017 Hungary welcomed almost 16 million international tourist arrivals, 50% more than in 2010, demonstrating the steady growth of tourism in the country backed by consistent policy support.
The "Tourism and the Digital Transformation" theme will help to explore opportunities provided to tourism by technological advances like big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms.