Since 1980, every year we celebrate World Tourism Day. On 27 September 1970, the Statutes of the establishment of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) were chosen as an international organization resulting from the transformation of the International Union of Official Travel Organizations (IUOTO). The Statutes clearly stated: “The fundamental aim of the Organization shall be the promotion and development of tourism with a view to contributing to economic development, international understanding, peace, prosperity, and universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion”. In this regard, every year, various regions try to develop tourism in their countries and TRNC is no exception; however, Covid-19 and more recently, war and economic downturn has changed the world’s plan. It is important at this time to get back to the world’s development path.
The general secretary of UNWTO, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, is very accurate with his words of how around the world, in countries at all development levels, many millions of jobs and businesses are dependent on a strong and thriving tourism sector, this is very evident in TRNC. Tourism has also been a driving force in protecting natural and cultural heritage in many parts of the world, preserving them for future generations to enjoy. Our industry gives locals the chance to make a living. To earn not just a wage, but also dignity and equality. Tourism jobs also empower people and provide a chance to have a stake in their own societies – often for the first time.
As the message of the last year’s world tourism day was “Tourism for inclusive development”, this year we should consider to boost up the development plans not only to reach goals but also to make up for the past hiatus. In this regard, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has received benefits from tourism, especially educational tourism (Edu-tourism). Fortunately, universities in Northern Cyprus play a significant role in fostering the sense of cultural exchange between foreigners and citizens. Accordingly, tourism promotes socio-economic development, job creation, revenue production, and the improvement of national infrastructure. As part of Final International University, we are able to promote the growth of the tourism industry as a general and tourism education in particular.
With these words we wish our students, community, the tourism sector and public a prosperous World Tourism Day.
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