18 April, 2017
With a glorious past of 4.543 billion years, our planet Earth has seen some dramatic events, changes, and even the rise and fall of civilisations. Thus it is no surprise that Planet Earth houses an innumerable count of remarkable sites, structures and monuments. Some of these are recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. It's also called International Day For Monuments and Sites 2017.
Heritage is something we inherit from our ancestors, be it natural or man-made, tangible or intangible. The 18th of April is recognised and celebrated as World Heritage Day globally and was first started in the year 1982 with the approval of UNESCO. On this day, events are held and discussions are made on what can be done to preserve our heritage sites and also glorify them in order to increase tourism and hence revenue. Every year, these events are held based on a theme selected for that year. The theme for this year is decided to be Sustainable Tourism in order to commemorate United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism, 2017.
Sustainable Tourism refers to bringing about positive changes in tourism both as a tourist and as a host country. This is to ensure that the legacy of the heritage site continues being glorified and also to ensure that the site is not depleted or worn off. While sustainable tourism or even preserving heritage sites as a whole is something to be planned and done at the governmental level for drastic change, we as common people can contribute in many small ways to this process. Here is what you, both as a host citizen and as a tourist, can do to contribute to these efforts:
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