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    On September 27, 1980, the United Nations first celebrated World Tourism Day, recognizing the “social, cultural, political, and economic value of tourism.”
     
    Tourism is responsible for 9% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), amounting to more than a trillion dollars. Tourism, especially sustainable tourism and geotourism, can be an important part of sustainable development and community planning for both developed nations and the developing world.
     
    Each year, the United Nations chooses a new theme and host country for World Tourism Day. In 2014, the theme was “Tourism and Community Development,” hosted in Mexico. In 2013, the theme was “Tourism and Water,” hosted in Maldives. In 2007, the theme was “Tourism Opens Doors for Women,” hosted in Sri Lanka.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    amusement park Noun

    recreational facility with games, food, and mechanical rides.

    business Noun

    sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.

    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    community Noun

    group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.

    developed country Noun

    a nation that has high levels of economic activity, health care, and education.

    developing world Noun

    nations with low per-capita income, little infrastructure, and a small middle class.

    enjoy Verb

    to take pleasure in.

    geotourism Noun

    tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and well-being of its residents.

    gross domestic product (GDP) Noun

    value of the goods and services produced by a single country during a single year.

    hike Verb

    to walk a long distance.

    hotel Noun

    business offering shelter to guests.

    industry Noun

    activity that produces goods and services.

    national park Noun

    geographic area protected by the national government of a country.

    park ranger Noun

    person who protects and informs the public about local, state, and national parks. Also called a forest ranger.

    site Noun

    specific place where something is located.

    staff Noun

    employees.

    sustainable development Noun

    human construction, growth, and consumption that can be maintained with minimal damage to the natural environment.

    sustainable tourism Noun

    industry that seeks to make the lowest impact on the places and cultures visited, while contributing to local economies.

    tourism Noun

    the industry (including food, hotels, and entertainment) of traveling for pleasure.

    travel Noun

    movement from one place to another.

    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

    waitstaff Noun

    servers at a restaurant.