Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) hosted grand and exclusive events throughout Tuesday to celebrate the World Tourism Day in the national Capitol. The first event of the day, the ‘Heritage Walk Tour’, was inaugurated by the Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra at the Old Fort here.
The walk tour offered an opportunity to discover the less known facet of the Old Fort.
“I have visited the Old Fort many times, but looking at it from a different perspective I had a totally unusual experience,” the minister said. When asked how the event is going to help in popularising the lesser known monuments in Delhi, Kapil Mishra replied, “Because of such events, people come to know about the undiscovered fact about the city. Delhi is filled with heritage sites and monuments. Either it is Mahrauli or Tugalakabad, we are trying to aware the people about these sites.”
“We are going to launch Delhi branding campaign. Also, Delhi festival is scheduled to commence from November 19 this year,” he added.
The minister also informed the media that a tourism trade fair is scheduled to start from October 4 in association with ITB Berlin, which is the largest tourism trade fair in the world.
With an array of activities, DTTDC put up an effort to draw the attention of the masses to the role of tourism in building a sustainable future. The event aimed to spread the message of tourism which would play a pivotal role in promoting an environment of community development.
Delhi Tourism has planned to engage people from all walks of life towards the goal of social responsibility. It is also planning to help them understand that social cohesion through tourism can lead to a better society and that all can join hands and respond to world challenges in a better manner.
Other activities like musical performances by the bands of Delhi Police and Border Security Force at Dilli Haat, INA, and Garden of Five Senses also marked the day. Traditional welcome of tourists at Delhi Tourism information counters, and decorations were the highlights of the day. World Tourism Day is celebrated across the world on September 27 with a different theme each year. This year’s theme was “Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility”.
The prime purpose of this day is to spread awareness on the role of tourism in the world and its importance in social, economic and cultural spheres. The tourism sector worldwide requires extensive community participation and has a tremendous potential in meeting the challenges across the world.