National Tourism Day is an annual observance that highlights the importance of tourism in promoting cultural exchange, economic growth, and global understanding. Celebrated on January 25th every year, National Tourism Day serves as an opportunity to recognise the significance of the tourism industry and its positive impact on various aspects of society. This year, National Tourism Day 2024 falls on Thursday. We will look into the date, significance and especially National Tourism Day 2024 theme. Also, themes for the last five years' Tourism Day celebrations.

National Tourism Day 2024 Date & Significance

National Tourism Day is celebrated on January 25th each year. This date is chosen to coincide with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's (UNWTO) declaration of the same day as the International Tourism Day. The purpose of this celebration is to foster awareness about the role of tourism in social, cultural, political, and economic spheres globally.

National Tourism Day acknowledges the significant contribution of the tourism industry to the global economy. Tourism generates revenue, creates job opportunities, and stimulates the growth of related sectors such as hospitality, transportation, and entertainment. January 2024 Holiday Calendar: Check Dates of Major Indian Festivals and International Events in the First Month of the Year.

National Tourism Day Theme for 2024

The theme for National Tourism Day in 2024 is "Sustainable Journeys, Timeless Memories." This theme encourages people to embark on journeys that go beyond the typical tourist destinations, emphasising the importance of exploring diverse cultures, traditions, and landscapes in a sustainable manner.

National Tourism Day Themes For Last 5 Years

  • 2023: "Tourism and green investment".
  • 2022: "Rural and Community-Centric Tourism."
  • 2021: "Dekho Apna Desh."
  • 2020: "Tourism and Rural Development."
  • 2019: "Tourism and Jobs: A better future for all"

Tourism facilitates cultural exchange by bringing people from different backgrounds together. It promotes mutual understanding, appreciation, and respect for diverse traditions, customs, and lifestyles. The celebration of National Tourism Day also emphasizes the importance of responsible tourism. It encourages travellers to be environmentally conscious, respecting and preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of the destinations they visit.

National Tourism Day recognises the role of tourism in promoting and preserving local cultures and heritage. When travellers engage with local communities, they contribute to the sustainable development of those areas. Tourism plays a vital role in connecting people across borders and fostering international cooperation. It promotes a sense of global citizenship and understanding, contributing to peaceful relations between nations.

National Tourism Day is marked by various events and activities worldwide. These may include cultural festivals, tourism fairs, seminars, and workshops. Governments, travel agencies, and tourism-related businesses often collaborate to organise special promotions, discounts, and initiatives to encourage people to explore new destinations.

National Tourism Day 2024 provides an occasion to celebrate the positive impact of tourism on our world.  Whether it's through exploring historical sites, enjoying local cuisines, or engaging with communities, National Tourism Day invites us to be responsible and mindful travellers, contributing to the sustainability and enrichment of the places we visit.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jan 20, 2024 11:04 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website