Sunday, September 27, 2015

Happy World Tourism Day!

So today is World Tourism Day. Who knew?!
I found this out while searching "trending hashtags" (something I never thought I'd do, but marketing a business these days and you know...the internet)
So I came upon #diamundialdeturismo, then #worldtourismday, and instead of just randomly using it, I decided to read up on it.
Partly cause I'm trying to figure this whole hashtag-situation out. But mostly because tourism is what I'm doing right now, it's not just a seems to be a way of life. When I'm working it's tourism, but when it's my own time, it's travel. Because we all know, no one wants to be a tourist! How many times do I hear (myself say also) "I don't want to go anywhere too touristy" which we know usually means big chain businesses, or just really crowded places.
But it's ok to be a tourist! I want you to tourist in my town and stay at Casa de los SueƱos
When traveling we tour and therefore we become tourists, it's just gotten a bad rap. 
I may be trying to give to much meaning to my job, but I feel it's important. I think global travel is important and should be done as much as possible, and done in a way that positively impacts the destination. I want to promote, provide, and participate in responsible tourism.
So below is a quote about this that really sums it up nicely:

"Tourism is more than just about reaching a destination – tourism has a global reach. Every time we travel, we become part of a global movement that has the power to drive positive change for our planet and all people.

This 27 September, let us celebrate the value of the 'One Billion Tourists' and work together in making tourism a true instrument of opportunity and inclusion. Let us all turn the power of one billion into a genuine force for good." 

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai on World Tourism Day 

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