World Tourism Network Statement on Global Tourism Resilience Day

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Written by Dmytro Makarov

Global Tourism Resilience Day is observed today. With travel and tourism stakeholders celebrating in all corners of the globe, the World Tourism Network joined in with a statement.

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Global Tourism Resilience Day this year is officially taking place in Jamaica in a big celebration with heads of State and the UN Tourism Secretary-General to honor this country’s achievement in adding this important day to the official United Nations Calendar.

The Global Resilience Day will be an annual event hosted bi-annually by Jamaica as of 2024. In 2025, the Conference will be held in another country.
Countries on the waiting list for Resilience Centres include Japan, and Barbados.

Why Jamaica’s Minister is a WTN Tourism Hero?

Because of Jamaica, and because of this achievement by WTN Hero Award recipient Hon. Edmund Bartlett, the minister of tourism for Jamaica, the entire world is celebrating resilience in tourism.

This has also a special meaning for the World Tourism Network, where Tourism Resilience launched within this organization in a lot smaller way in Berlin in 2020.

The World Tourism Network is a young initiative that just started because tourism showed resilience and 100+ related Zoom discussions with tourism leaders from every corner of the globe.

On the sideline of a canceled ITB trade show in 2020 when COVID-19 took over the world the rebuilding.travel discussion was started by eTurboNews at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin together with PATA and the African Tourism Board.

Rebuilding Travel turned into the World Tourism Network

This discussion led to renaming the rebuilding tourism initiative to be called the World Tourism Network.

Four years later and with 19,000+ supporters in 133 countries, WTN members today stay committed to tourism resilience. Resilience is why WTN started the first rebuilding discussion in 2020 on COVID-19 at a time when no one knew how bad COVID-19 would become.

With ITB 2024 next month World Tourism Network is celebrating its 4th birthday in the city where it all began in 2020 – Berlin, Germany.

Global Tourism Resilience Day has a special meaning for WTN

It explains why Global Tourism Resilience Day has a special meaning for World Tourism Network members and the people who founded this organization.

The initial idea for the Berlin meeting was by Juergen Steinmetz, Chairman of the World Tourism Network, who is also the publisher of eTurboNews.

WTN Chairman Statement on Global Tourism Resilience

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Juergen Steinmetz
Juergen Steinmetz, Chair WTN

The World Tourism Network congratulates our 19,000+ members and supporters in 133 countries. All of you, the members of the global travel and tourism industry, are part of this resilience puzzle.

The small and medium-sized businesses we see as the core of our Network represent the core of our sector.

“It takes everyone to make this industry successful and resilient. Tourism is not even 150 years old, so it is a young business.

Never before however had this sector faced so many challenges, facing sudden and unexpected situations and changes. Such challenges will not stop. Climate change is here to stay. Tourism as a people, a peace business and a cultural connecter is here to stay.

“The people in tourism compete with each other but also form a global community of friends that are connected by a common goal. We must applaud initiatives, such as the United Nations, WTTC, PATA, SKAL, IIPT and hundreds more for trying to unite this community and give a structure making it a fair business to work in.”

Voices from across the globe:

Posts from across the world can be seen on Twitter and other social media.

Sayari Dunia Sustainable Tourism Foundation Embracing Change, Building Resilience: Together, We Shape the Future of Tourism

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World Tourism Network Statement on Global Tourism Resilience Day

ICCDI Africa

Let’s pave the way for a stronger, more sustainable future in travel. Together, we rise above challenges, embrace innovation, and shape a resilient tourism industry.

UNDP Africa

Tourism is one of the fastest-growing economic sectors that can spur development in #Nigeria and Africa

As we commemorate #GlobalTourismResilienceDay, we focus on #ZumaRock a natural site with great potential to contribute to Nigeria’s economy through tourism.

MATATO PATA

As we mark Global Tourism Resilience Day today, let’s have a look at what some of our industry experts have to say on Tourism Resilience in Maldives.

Today, it’s #GlobalTourismResilienceDay & it’s a good opportunity to remember all the difficulties that the tourism industry faces and focus on our strengths and topics hands-on while practicing sustainable tourism.

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World Tourism Network Statement on Global Tourism Resilience Day

UNDP Bosnia & Herzogevina

Every step towards responsible and resilient tourism paves the way for a brighter, sustainable future.

UNDP Mauritius

Tourism is a major source of income & employment. On #GlobalTourismResilienceDay, learn how the Mauritius #SDGInvestorMap is fostering resilient tourism by attracting private capital towards Eco-Tourism Development & Value Chains.

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World Tourism Network Statement on Global Tourism Resilience Day


UNDP Seychelles

Tourism is a major source of income & employment. On #GlobalTourismResilienceDay, learn how the Seychelles #SDGInvestorMap is fostering resilient tourism by attracting private capital towards Eco and Cultural Tourism Development

Raqami Islamic Digital Bank Pakistan

Pakistan ranks 121 out of 140 countries in tourism competitiveness. On #GlobalTourismResilienceDay, Raqami addresses challenges in Pakistan’s tourism sector. To enhance competitiveness sustainably, a resilient framework with adequate resources is crucial.

Southwest Wales:

Today is #GlobalTourismResilienceDay Our #CommunityLed#SustainableTourism Project aims to promote sustainable tourism in #SouthWestWales by simplifying travel options, creating eco-friendly enticing journeys, and empowering local communities.

UN Climate Change

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World Tourism Network Statement on Global Tourism Resilience Day

The transport sector accounts for 1/4 of CO2 emissions. By opting for greener transport options when traveling or going on vacation, you can minimize your carbon footprint and help combat climate change.

UNWFP South Africa

Celebrating #GlobalTourismResilienceDay with a spotlight on traditional restaurants—a beacon of innovation in promoting tourism through robust food systems.

Tourism in Southern Africa is essential. It fosters connections between people & nature, promoting our biodiversity positively & inspiring the sustainable use of natural resources. Sustainable & resilient tourism is our way of life.

For Global Tourism Resilience Day, February 17, we teamed up with our TeamCoral buddy Abkamall and crafted a list of DOs and DON’Ts to remember when diving with corals.

United Nations Geneva

Sustainable tourism is a cross-cutting activity that can contribute to the achievement of GlobalGoals by fostering economic growth, alleviating poverty, and creating full & productive employment and decent work for all.

WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS ARTICLE:

  • Global Tourism Resilience Day this year is officially taking place in Jamaica in a big celebration with heads of State and the UN Tourism Secretary-General to honor this country’s achievement in adding this important day to the official United Nations Calendar.
  • This has also a special meaning for the World Tourism Network, where Tourism Resilience launched within this organization in a lot smaller way in Berlin in 2020.
  • As we mark Global Tourism Resilience Day today, let's have a look at what some of our industry experts have to say on Tourism Resilience in Maldives.

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