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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 2018, the theme was "Tourism and the Digital Transformation," hosted in Hungary. 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.
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 have the least impact on the places and cultures visited, while contributing to the local economy.

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.

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