ROME - The United Nations and the whole world celebrate the day after tomorrow, September 27, the World Tourism Day which this year focuses on "green investments" and in particular on the urgency of more targeted investments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the United Nations roadmap for a better world.
The official celebrations are held in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia but initiatives are planned all over the world (all information on https://www.unwto.org/world-tourism-day-2023) and the UNWTO, the United Nations World Tourism Organization, invites everyone to share their images of celebration also on social media with the hashtags #WTD2023 and #WorldTourismDay.
Meanwhile, the signals that the sector launches worldwide after the long period of "suffering" due to the restrictions for Covid19 are excellent, showing considerable resilience and a sustained recovery, even in the face of economic and geopolitical challenges. According to the new edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, at the end of July, international tourist arrivals reached 84% of pre-pandemic levels.
Between January and July 2023, 700 million tourists traveled internationally, 43% more than in the same months of 2022.
"That tourism is a supporting element for this Government - explains the Minister of Tourism Daniela Santanchè - is demonstrated by the fact that there is a special ministry that not only has the task of promoting its activity both domestically and abroad, protecting operators and users, but by the fact that there is particular attention to the dimension of promoter of social value, cultural, but also economic of the nation and that is why my will is firm in making it the first economic contributor to the Italian GDP ".
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