Those of us that live in areas that thrive when tourists come to visit have seen lately what happens when they are no longer able to come. I admit I write these posts in advance of the actual day and as of now states like where I live, Florida, are suffering not because of just the virus but because of the effect it has on the economy. So many people who seem to hate tourism now wish it would come back (of course we all wish life would get back to any sort of normal). I know this is the same all over the world right now and that will hopefully change attitudes towards tourism. And remember, whenever you go someplace where you don’t live, you are a tourist too.!
How to celebrate – Thank a tourist, when we can again, for wanting to visit where you live. Learn how to spot tourists. Become a tourist yourself.
Much of the world’s economy is generated by tourism. The idea of visiting some exotic place, some beautiful setting, or some exciting culture appeals to nearly everyone in the world. American’s go to Europe, Europeans come to America, and who doesn’t want to go to Disney!?! Those tourists help pay for local roads, generate jobs, and make life better for nearly everyone. Yes, they can drive annoyingly and sometimes we can’t understand what they are saying but we probably do the same to them when we visit their countries. So today we celebrate tourists no matter where they are or who they are. Be sure to treat them nicely!
How to celebrate – Be nice to tourists. Become a tourist yourself. Learn what tourism brings to your area.
September 27th World Tourism Day
There is hardly a country in the world that does not benefit from tourism. Some do it better than others but it does seem to be an international piece of bread and butter.
The day was created by the United Nations who select a theme for every year, this year’s theme being: “Protecting Culture and Heritage.” The best way to learn about a country is to understand where they came from and what formed them to who they are today.
How to celebrate – Visit a country and study their culture and heritage. Research countries you want to learn more about. Plan a trip to visit several countries.
Though we all often get frustrated with tourist, the way they drive, the slowness in line, the constantly looking for things they have no idea where they are… those of us that live in tourism areas really need to learn to appreciate them for what they bring… money!
We also have to realize that they are spending their money to come where we are. So to be rude to them is just wrong. We want to be treated nicely when we go on vacation so we need to understand they would like the same thing in return. So a little inderstanding goes a long way!
They also bring us humor. We should not point and laugh so… just laugh. Who knows, they may come from Siberia and get very little chance to get out in the sun. It’s not their fault. Those of us that live in warm climates do not probably fit in all that well in the cold. Sure we have better tans and where there is sun you are more likely to show off a little more skin, but even a whale looks out of place on land. Oops, did I really say that!?!
And the same goes with animals. Who’s to know that the squirrel in your backyard didn’t travel thousands of miles to get there!?! Birds fly south for the winter and visit, then go back north for the summer and visit. Who is to say other animals can’t do the same! So if an animal looks lost, go see if you can give it directions… unless it’s a bear in which case, stay away, they can be unbearable!
So here’s a big “thank you” to all the tourist than come, and go, from where ever you live. Understand they are there to have a good time and are generally paying very costly prices for that honor.
How to celebrate – Thank a tourist when you get a chance. When you go on vacation, remember all the things tourist do that you do not like and then avoid them. Pretend like you are a tourist even when you live where the tourist go.
Today is interesting to look at from two different perspectives, that of being the tourist and that of being the person who benefits from the tourist. The tourist wants to find the perfect get away, getting the best value their money can buy. Those benefiting from the tourist want to provide the best service they can to create that perfect vacation but not having to give up their souls to give it to them.
Both side should consider the other, but in many cases they don’t. Locals to the vacation spot complain about the tourist driving, cheapness and selfishness. While the tourist can’t understand the service not being as thoughtful as they could be, not being entertaining enough and not being responsive to the every need the tourist has.
The funny thing about it, one cannot exist without the other. So in reality, they should both to their very best to make the others lives as delightful as they can because they both will benefit from it. So today should be a dual tourism day. From the tourist stand point of view, they should be the most ideal customer they can be. The nicer they treat those serving them the better they will be server. And the tourism specialist should understand that the better service they give their client, the more generous the client will reward them.
So wherever you choose to go, go with the proper attitude and if you chose to be in the tourism industry, the better you serve someone, the better they will treat you. Make it a win-win situation rather than seeing everybody lose.
How to celebrate – Find a place you really want to go on vacation to and then enjoy every minute of it even if it’s not perfect. And if you run a vacation spot make it the very best you can for those coming in. But mainly, in either case, make the best out of the moment, attitude can only make it worse.