Fostering Tourism with Innovative Technologies
“Tourism and the Digital Transformation” is the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day. Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization(UNWTO) has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
Over the past six decades, tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, and it has become one of the fastest growing and most important economic sectors in the world, benefiting destinations and communities worldwide. International tourist arrivals worldwide have grown from 25 million in 1950 to nearly 1.3 billion today Similarly, international tourism revenues earned by destinations around the world have grown from 2 billion US dollars in 1950 to 1260 trillion in 2015. The sector represents an estimated 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs globally.
We know that a digitally advanced tourism sector can improve entrepreneurship, inclusion, local community empowerment, and efficient resource management, amongst other important development objectives. What opportunities do technological advances like big data, artificial intelligence, and digital platforms provide to tourism and sustainable development? The answers will be found at World Tourism Day (WTD) 2018, where digital advances and innovation take centre stage to bring together continued growth with greater sustainability in tourism. This year we will highlight the need for investment in disruptive digital technologies that can foster an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism.
World Tourism Day 2018 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the potential contribution of digital technologies to sustainable tourism development while providing a platform for investment, partnerships, and collaboration towards a more responsible and inclusive tourism sector.
Tourism In Nepal
Nepal, one of the tourist centres in the world. About 7.5% of GDP comes from the contribution of the Tourism sector according to the data of 2017 AD. Hence, tourism is one of the major sources of the economy in Nepal.
Aligning with the theme of World Tourism Day 2018, Nepal can benefit its economy by using technological advances in the field of tourism. Use of technology and innovation for the greater sustainability in tourism can be effective in enhancing the tourism sector in Nepal. As of statistics in 2016, 753,002 tourists visited Nepal, which reached almost 1 million in 2017 AD(940,218). Increasing number of tourists shows Nepal has a high potential in the tourism sector and can benefit from it.
Being a country with a rich culture and natural beauty, use of digital and innovative technologies can help Nepal foster in an inclusive and sustainable tourism sector.