One sector which was drastically impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, impacting economies, livelihoods, public services, and opportunities, is the travel and tourism sector, not just in India but globally.
As our country and the sector are recuperating, this year’s World Tourism Day celebration is all about bouncing back with renewed vigor. And with airports being the focal point of tourism, what better place to celebrate World Tourism Day on September 27 than airports.
To create awareness about the day, India Tourism, Mumbai, the regional office of Ministry of Tourism in the western region, will create a special Rangoli at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, both managed by the Adani Group.
“There will be four members, artists, in the Rangoli team, who will create the design. Commercial Rangoli colours will be used. Free hand painting and stencil techniques will be used for the same,” an airport spokesperson said.
This year’s World Tourism Day theme is to focus on the future. As the sector’s recovery gets underway in the post-Covid world, UNWTO, the World Tourism Organization which is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism, will highlight the opportunity to rethink how we do tourism.
This means putting people and planet first and bringing everyone from governments and businesses to local communities together around a shared vision for a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient sector. The theme for the day in India is “Rethinking Tourism”, which will reflect in the Rangoli design.
Further, the ‘Iconic Week’ as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav of Ministry of Tourism, which began from September 17, will go on till October 2. So, the Rangoli design will stay on for the next seven days.