Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn 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.
sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
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.
to take pleasure in.
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.
to walk a long distance.
business offering shelter to guests.
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.
specific place where something is located.
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.
the industry (including food, hotels, and entertainment) of traveling for pleasure.
movement from one place to another.
United Nations Noun
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.
servers at a restaurant.