The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive social and economic impact. Both developed and developing economies have been hit. UNWTO has therefore designated World Tourism Day 2021 as a day to focus on Tourism for Inclusive Growth. World Tourism Day, celebrated each year on 27 September, is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution that the sector can make towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
SwitzEducation celebrated World Tourism Day on 27th September at Hotel Taj, Mumbai. The occasion was graced by Othmar Hardegger, Consul General of Switzerland in Mumbai as the Chief Guest and Dr. Shrikant Eknath Shinde, Member of Parliament as the Guest of Honor. Eminent personalities, academicians and principles of 50+ top high schools of Mumbai attended the event. The occasion marked the initiation of the Swiss Cultural Committee and the appointment of the SwitzEducation Ambassadors.
The event highlighted the importance of sustainability in tourism and how Switzerland is leading the rest of the world in sustainable tourism. Swiss institutes participating in the celebration showcased their programs designed to meet the emerging needs of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. SwitzEducation President Asslam I Shaikh pointed in his speech how a career in tourism can be the best alternative to the traditional careers. Guest of Honor Dr. Shrikant Eknath Shinde emphasized on various untapped & ancient tourist spots of the state of Maharashtra getting makeover. He described infrastructure can help change the tourism scenario of Maharashtra and India as a whole.
Participating dignitaries and delegates exchanged ideas on how to collaborate and bring in the positive changes to foster tourism that is inclusive and how to prepare students for a great career in the tourism industry that is more sustainable and nature friendly.
The event also recognized and feliciate Social Heroes Firoza Suresh, first Cycle Mayor of Mumbai, Mansoor Ali, Covid fighter and air quality expert, Dr. Roshan and Dr. Sanjay Kantharia inspiring the society to make this world a better place to live.
Better Kitchen supported the event. The other supporting partners were Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce, Amfah, Aliff, Smart Commute Foundation and Business & Hotel Management School.