Photo. In the high season in Venice there is 3 times more tourists in the city than inhabitants. It cause sometimes very negative impact on the environment. © Travel Explorations.
Some people have called the tourists the vandals of the future. They stamp down everything they walk through like swarm of wild animals. So why promote developing of tourism?
As The World Tourism Organization writes on its website: "Modern tourism is closely linked to development and encompasses a growing number of new destinations. These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-ýeconomic progress."
Tourism has become one of the major players in international commerce, and represents at the same time one of the main income sources for many developing countries. This global spread of tourism in industrialised and developed states has produced economic and employment benefits in many related sectors - from construction to agriculture or telecommunications.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO/OMT) is a specialized agency of the United Nations and the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. Source (The World Tourism Organization`s website): www.unwto.org
UNWTO plays a central and decisive role in promoting the development of responsible,sustainable and universally accessible tourism, paying particular attention to the interests of developing countries.
UNWTO predicts a 4% growth of international tourist arrivals in 2007, in line with its long-term forecast growth rate through to 2020 of 4.1%.
Read the article on The World Tourism Organization`s website why tourism is important for the world development: Why tourism - UNWTO
- How to reduce poverty and fostering sustainable development, and how to preserve valuable attractions around the world such as Machu Picchu, Ankor Wat and Venice before tourists break them down?
- Is building a big hotel complex at the site of Machu Piccu the right way to develop a sustainable tourism?
- How will the increasing number of tourists impact the wild life in Africa?
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on 27 September. This year Ghana in Africa will be the host. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the UN Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contributions the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
Stein Morten Lund, 15 September 2009
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