Did you know that World Tourism Day falls tomorrow, on September 27?
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has honoured the day to mark the milestones in global tourism, as well as raise public awareness of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic impact worldwide.
This year, Malaysia celebrates the day with the theme “Tourism for All, Promoting Universal Accessibility”, which revolves around the creation of environment that caters for the needs of all tourists.
This encompasses transportation, accommodation and tourist destinations that support the access and mobility needs of disabled persons, senior citizens and families travelling with children in strollers, aside highlighting a shared responsibility of all parties involved in the tourism value chain, as well as a business opportunity for companies and destinations.
To celebrate the day, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) has initiated an event in collaboration with Taylor’s University held at its Lakeside Campus in Subang Jaya, that was officiated by MOTAC’s Undersecretary, Tourism Policy and International Affairs Division, YBhg. Dato Yean Yoke Heng.
Dato Yean highlighted the strategic collaboration “would help to enhance awareness, knowledge and opportunities especially among students the significant contributions of tourism to national development and socio-economic progress.”
On a different note, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, in a special video message stated World Tourism Day should be celebrated by Malaysians as part of our efforts to share the hospitality, warmth, beauty, diversity and uniqueness of our country.
“It is a reminder for us to take care of the needs of all tourists, irrespective of gender, age and physical ability. We, therefore, strive to provide universal accessibility to all, both international and domestic tourists”, she relayed in the video that can be viewed on MOTAC’s social media platform.
Source : Malaysian Digest