World Tourism Day 2020: Celebrating Wanderlust During Lockdown
World Tourism Day is celebrated to raise awareness on the importance of tourism in the social, cultural, political and economic aspects of any region. It has been observed on 27 September since 1980, however, this year, the celebration was a bit different. With the novel coronavirus rendering the whole world into lockdown mode, recreational as well as work-related travel came to a sudden halt. This not only carried a big jolt to the tourism industry but also affected the mental balance of ‘wanderlusters’ at their homes. Here’s three ways how those very same wanderlusters celebrated at home during lockdown!
“Tourism helps rural communities hold onto their unique natural and cultural heritage, supporting conservation projects, including those safeguarding endangered species, lost traditions or flavours.”
- Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General
This website is a blessing sans disguise! Musical Drive provides a virtual first-person experience of driving a car in some major cities around the world. You can open up the website and enjoy cruising through the traffic, besides popular landmarks of Montreal, Mumbai, London or San Francisco. Experience the feeling of being in the driver seat of a car, plus street noise and choice of local FM radio to match. Impressively? The app was created by a 19-year-old engineering student, Khushil Shah, and features 22 Indian cities.