“Once a year, go someplace you have never been before” – Dalai Lama
Apart from Dalai Lama, even doctors and psychiatrists also suggest going somewhere once in a while to rejuvenate the mind and body. There are many stress or tensions in life concerning both professional and personal situations. Traveling to places amidst brings a breath of fresh air to tackle everything in life easier and better ways.
Now, to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political, and economic values worldwide the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been celebrating World Tourism Day since 1980 on 27th September. Tourism, undoubtedly, is a big industry today with the increase in the number of modes of transportation across the globe. Through travel and tourism, a great relationship within and outside the country is promoted. It helps people in knowing the foreign culture, tradition, history, and thus aids in binding people.
Every year, UNWTO chooses one host country and theme to raise awareness regarding tourism. This year, India is the host country and the theme is “Tourism & Jobs: A better future for all”. There are many such unknown facts about WTD which you can know from below:
- Do you know that the word “tourist” had been in use since 1760? It was used for individuals traveling for recreation.
- Are you familiar with the name Thomas Cook? Well, he was an English businessman and was the first one to organize a trip from Market Harborough to Loughborough for a temperance meeting on 5th July 1841. By 1845, his tourism industry had grown to offer trips to Glasgow only for a guinea.
- The 1st foreign trip that he organized was in 1861 and it was a 6-day package. The British tourists were greeted with a cannon salute and band music.
- It is really startling to know that tourism industry generates 5% of the world economy.
- In 2018, there were 1.401 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide. The growth compared to 2017 was of 5.4%.
- The top 10 countries with maximum numbers of tourists were- France, Spain, United States of America, China, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, Germany, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tourism_rankings)
- The international tourism receipts in 2018 were US$1,451 billion which saw a growth of 4.4% compared to 2017. The USA was the top earner in this tourism sector.
- The Asia Pacific recorded the highest growth in terms of footfalls. In 2018, there were over 347 million international tourist arrivals to Asia-Pacific and compared to 2017, the increase was of 7.3%.
- The top 10 countries in the Asia Pacific with record international tourists were- China, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, India, Vietnam, South Korea, and Singapore.
- As per reports, China was the top spender in international tourism last year.
- Tourism, according to various estimates, will continue to grow at an average of 3.3% annually until 2030.
- This tourism industry represents an estimated 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs globally.
As India is the host country this year, you must know something interesting about the tourism industry in India too. India is an ancient country where Guests are believed to be the representation of God. The land of diversity, India has been a center of attraction internationally.
So, Here Are Some Interesting Trivia About Tourism In India:
- In India, the National Tourism Day is celebrated on 25th January which is an initiative taken up by the government to promote awareness about tourism in the country.
- Tourism is definitely not the primary source of income among Indians but it is a growing industry here. In 2015, it generated 124.8 billion dollars which were 6% of the total GDP of the country. Now that amount rose up to 240 billion dollars in 2018 which was 9.2% of the total GDP of India.
- The figures also state that the tourism industry in India provided 42.673 million jobs or 8.1% of India’s total employment.
- In terms of tourism (both national and international), India made a world record in 2011. Kumbh Mela entered the Guinness Book of World Records for witnessing the largest mass gathering. That year saw 75 million pilgrims from all across the world.
- The Guinness record for the largest mass gathering in the world was broken in 2011 in India during Kumbh Mela. More than 75 million pilgrims were gathered making the mass gathering visible from space. This festival is an auspicious Hindu celebration that happens once in 12 years.
Hope this blog helped gain insight into the tourism industry.