The 2020 World Tourism Day seeks to celebrate the sector’s unique ability to drive economic development and provide opportunities outside of big cities, including communities that would otherwise be left behind. The World Tourism Day 2020 also underscores the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting cultural heritage and curbing urban migration in Ghana and the world at large.
According to the UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvil, “Tourism helps rural communities hold onto their unique natural and cultural heritage, supporting conservation projects, including those safeguarding endangered species, lost traditions or flavours”.
The theme for World Tourism Day 2020 is “Tourism and Rural Development”. Ghana will join other nations around the world in marking this special day with activities In the Western Region.
Time: 10:00 GMT
Topic: Tourism and Rural DevelopmentPanelists include:· Dr. Edem Kwesi Amenumey (PhD.) – Senior Lecturer, Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management – UCC
Topic – Rural Tourism in Ghana; Prospects and Challenges· Mr. Kwesi Eyison – CEO Pacific Tours, Vice President of GHATOF & Out-going TOUGHA President
Topic – Inclusive Tourism for Rural Development
· Mad. Bridget Akatsise – Manager, Sirigu Women’s Organization for Pottery and Management Studies
Topic – The Role of the Creative Arts in Rural Development
For the first time in the history of World Tourism Day, the 2020 official celebration will be hosted by a group of countries and not a single UNWTO Member State. The cross-border cooperation of the Mercosur nations (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, plus Chile who has observer status) reflects the current need for international solidarity and cooperation. This is especially true for tourism, working together towards a common goal.
Every year, UNWTO invites people of all ages and backgrounds to hold and take part in WTD celebrations in their respective countries or holiday destinations.
About World Tourism Day
United Nations World Tourism Organization begun The World Tourism Day celebration in the year 1980.
Celebrated every September 27 around the world, the purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
Ghana hosted the global community for the international celebration for the first time in 2009.