Today, September 27th, 2019, the world tourism day is celebrated globally! This day is commemorated each year on September 27th, with celebrations led by World Tourism Organization UNWTO. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the global community of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution the sector can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
Alike other countries world-wide, tourism is an industry Belize is heavily dependent on. The industry is a source of innovation, development, and an income earner for Belize.
When looking at numbers at a glance:
- The tourism industry plays a fundamental role in Belize’s GDP growth accounting for around 38% of Belize’s GDP.
- The tourism industry contributes to over 25% of all jobs in Belize, with many of the country’s population directly employed in this industry.
- The tourism industry is a top foreign exchange earner for the country.
This year World Tourism Day celebrations are on the topic ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’.
Quote by Secretary-General, UNWTO:
“As we celebrate World Tourism Day, let us recognize the transformative power of tourism. Together, we can realize tourism’s potential to build a better, more equal future.”
Today, we invite you to join us in celebrating those in the industry. Through a survey done by Belize Tourism Board, it was gathered that 93% of visitors would recommend Belize, proving an outstanding satisfaction rating.This satisfaction has not only come from the Belize’s offerings, but from the amazing work of many individuals who have allowed travellers to experience the very best of the country.
Gaining the full potential of this industry goes hand in hand with many working towards managing tourism in a responsible and sustainable manner, to ensure enormous potential.
Find out all the amazing sustainable projects in the Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle’s Conservation Issue below.
For a small country like Belize, with lush jungle, a pristine barrier reef, ancient Maya cities, rich culture, and incredible natural beauty – there is a bright future for this industry .
Join the celebration: #WTD2019
Written by Louise Roe