World Tourism Day 2015

The 27th of September marked the annual celebration of World Tourism Day, an event created by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which has been around for over 30 years! The aim of the day is to help spread awareness about the importance of tourism and the impacts that it has on different countries all over the world.

This year’s theme was “one billion tourists, one billion opportunities”. With more than one billion tourists travelling the world each year, tourism has become a powerful force and, so far, it has been responsible for 235 million jobs, or one in every 12 jobs worldwide.

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“Every time we travel, for whatever reason, we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage.”

Countries all over the world have taken part in World Tourism Day and contributed to promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. India, for example, gave tourists the opportunity to visit nearly 200 ticketed monuments and museums across the country for free, including the Taj Mahal!wtd

Many tourists and travel enthusiasts took to social media to post and share pictures they had taken using the hashtags #1billiontourists and #WTD2015. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all brilliant platforms to get the message across from the UNWTO and are a great way to encourage people to take part in celebrating their cause.

World Tourism Day was celebrated with competitions, giveaways and charitable donations made by many different individuals and businesses all over the world. All of this was done in an effort to increase awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

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For more information about World Tourism Day please visit http://wtd.unwto.org/

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Jeans For Genes Day 2015

Friday the 18th September saw the return of Jeans for Genes Day. This was the second year the team here at The Travel Visa Company has taken part in this charity fundraising event. The idea behind the day is simple. Wear a pair of jeans and donate to charity.jeansforgenes

We managed to raise £21.70 over the duration of the day! The money we helped raise goes towards helping children and their families who have, and are affected by, genetic disorders.

There are between 4,000 and 6,000 known genetic WD
disorders currently being treated in the UK. It has been estimated that one in 25 children are affected by a genetic disorder and around 30,000 babies are newly diagnosed each year which is why donating to Genetic Disorders UK is so important.

Jeans for Genes has had massive
support since the organisations creation in 1992 and has raised over £35 million! The charity has been supported by a huge range of different celebrities and famous figures including Kate Moss, Warwick Davis, Fabrice Muamba and Kate Garraway.

Overall, the Travel Visa Company team had a brilliant day raising money for a brilliant cause!

To find out more about this charity you can visit the Jeans for Genes official website at: http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/

To donate, go to: http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/donate/

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