Published on : Thursday, October 3, 2019
Arranged as UNWTO recognizes this year as its year of “Employment, Skills and Jobs”, representatives of over100 countries came together in New Delhi to identify and celebrate the ability of the sector to generate more as well as better jobs, including for women, youth and minorities. Currently, tourism accounts for 10% of the world GDP and provides about one in 10 jobs globally. Given this, India, one of the fastest-growing economies of the world, was recognized as the perfect host for World Tourism Day 2019, and the presence of Vice President highlighted the country’s commitment to UNWTO’s mandate to guide the sector’s growth in a sustainable and responsible manner.
To quote Mr Pololikashvili in the opening speech of the event, “The true potential of tourism, both as a creator of jobs and as a driver of equality and sustainable development, is only just being realized. Providing decent work opportunities and contributing to developing professional skills are at the heart of this, and so on World Tourism Day 2019, we call on nations and public and private sector stakeholders around the world to ensure the many benefits that come with rising tourist arrivals are shared as widely as possible.”
To quote M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, “India is committed to culture and tourism. Tourism means transformation. It can benefit people and is a tool for the empowerment of communities. Progress, harmony and peace: this is our shared goal, and tourism can help us reach it.”
The opening ceremony, which witnessed the best of the sector recognized through the Indian National Tourism Awards, had a special workshop on Tourism Jobs of the Future, just after the ceremony, with an aim on helping small enterprises and entrepreneurs scale-up their ideas to disturb the sector and endorse sustainability and inclusivity. The significance of novelty was emphasized even more during the World Tourism Day 2019 Plenary event. With the theme of “Maximizing Tourism’s Potential to Create More and Better Jobs”, this featured contributions from public and private sector leaders and was moderated CNN International anchor Andrew Stevens.
Also within the framework of World Tourism Day, UNWTO’s Affiliate Members – an international network including civil society organizations, private sector stakeholders, NGOs and academia – arranged the “Outlook Responsible Tourism Initiative”, a workshop specifically targeted in assisting the private sector to work closely with the UN agency to enhance sustainable and responsible tourism practices.