When you travel, you don’t just explore new places, meet new people, and have new experiences. You also support the lives of many who reside in the communities you visit.
Today is World Tourism Day (WTD), a global observance to highlight the social, cultural, political and economic value of tourism.
This year’s theme is Tourism and Community Development, which focuses on the ability of tourism to empower people with skills that help them boost their local economy.
Tourism is one of the most significant economic sectors today, moving more than one billion people
across international borders each year and accounting for 9% of global GDP, as well as 1 out of every 11 jobs worldwide.
As UN World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai states, each trip you take contributes to a long value chain that creates jobs, livelihoods, empowers communities and fosters sustainable development.
Through products such as QVI Club, a flexible vacation membership club that offers access to more than two thousand hotels and resorts worldwide, you not only get to explore the world — from snowy mountain retreats to sun-kissed beach resorts; you also help your hosts cultivate local opportunities for a better future.
At the end of each adventure, your travel not only leaves a mark on you but you also contribute economically to the lives of those who have helped you during your visit.