The Aviation and Tourism Journalists' Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB) Monday joined a beach cleanup programme in Cox's Bazar to mark World Tourism Day.
ATJFB President Nadira Kiron and General Secretary Tanzim Anwar led the forum members in encouraging everyone to keep the beach neat and clean.
The flow of tourists keeps increasing in the beach town with the improvement of the Covid-19 situation.
The pandemic has had a massive social and economic impact, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – the UN agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
Both developed and developing economies have been hit; marginalised groups and the most vulnerable have been hit hardest of all, said the UN agency.
The restart of tourism will help kickstart recovery and growth. It is essential that the benefits this will bring are enjoyed widely and fairly, it said.
The UNWTO designated World Tourism Day 2021 as a day to focus on tourism for inclusive growth.
This is an opportunity to look beyond tourism statistics and acknowledge that, behind every number, there is a person, said the UN agency.
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The UNWTO invited its member states, as well as non-members, sister UN agencies, businesses and individuals to celebrate tourism's unique ability to ensure that nobody is left behind as the world begins to open up again and look to the future.
World Tourism Day, celebrated each year on September 27, 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.