On the occasion of 27 September, World Tourism Day, senior United Nations officials were conveying messages throughout the world to help raise awareness about the importance of tourism, i.e., its social, cultural, political and economic value.

This year India will have the honor of hosting the official celebration of World Tourism Day, whilst the main topic ”Tourism and Jobs: A Better Future for All” fits the bill precisely because tourism is labor intensive and a significant source of employment for many of the world’s economies.

In 1979, the World Tourism Organization established 27 September as World Tourism Day, as on that day the Statute of that organization was passed in Mexico in 1970.

Today, with millions of jobs, the tourism sector is driving the economy both globally and locally, whilst tourism development is directly linked to community development.

Today, tourism ranks third largest export industry in the world after chemicals and fuels. Data from the World Tourism Organization say that tourism broke all records last year globally with as many as 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals, an increase by six percent compared to the previous year.

Serbia is keeping up with a positive global trend, whilst innovations and investments in tourism result in an increase in the number of tourists, overnight stays, arrivals and, very importantly, employment in the tourism sector. The latest figures show that Serbia is among top five countries in Europe to record the highest growth in foreign tourist arrivals, and for the first time ever the number of domestic and foreign tourists has equaled.

Belgrade Tourism Fair entered its fifth decade of existence as a leading tourist event in this part of Europe and the world as a unique event for gathering business people engaged in tourism, hotel and hospitality industry. The offer of local destinations and attractions at the fair includes the whole host of various capacities of hotels and tourist centers resorts, whilst the natural beauties, various facilities for relaxation, entertainment, health recovery, sports, recreation and adventure are part of tourist assets that Serbia proudly boasts in the tourist market.

Every February, the Tourism Fair is an opportunity to promote tourism infrastructure development projects and incentives for travel agencies across Serbia in a bid to attract foreign tourists to come and visit our country in an organized way.

The 42nd International Belgrade Tourism Fair is set to take place between 20 and 23 February 2020 at Belgrade Fair. Together with the events of the 11th International BeoWine Fair, 16th HORECA-EQUIPMENT Hotel and Catering Equipment Fair, and the 16th Souvenir Fair “Visit Serbia”, this major tourist event will provide the best annual overview and insight into the tourism sector and thus open up new perspectives with regard to development of tourism economy.