Klong cruising on a recent adventure in Thailand!At Mexicali Blues, when we wander we are filled with wonder. (We go all over the world to source our handcrafted world goods.) When we return, we welcome all travelers. (You’ll find our stores in some of Maine’s most popular tourist towns.) And we’re not alone—international travel is growing by almost 5% every year. There are millions of people experiencing the magic of travel right now, and World Tourism Day is a celebration of the positive impact of all these journeys.
We’re particularly excited about World Tourism Day this year because the host country is one of our very favorite travel destinations—Thailand. Now the most visited country in southeast Asia, Thailand welcomed 33 million international visitors who contributed $44.6 billion to the Thai economy. We know firsthand what a difference these dollars (and euros, yen, yuan and more) make to our friends and their communities. But the baht exchange rate is only the beginning—the benefits of world travel go far beyond money.
World Tourism Day calls attention to the many ways travel can change our lives and lift up communities. Tourism supports and strengthens local economies, preserves historically and environmentally significant places and artifacts, promotes political equality and social justice, opens minds, forges connections, builds empathy and boosts creativity.
Planning your next trip? Check out World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)‘s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism here: http://ow.ly/YkvJ304Cw6C to see how you can make your travel even more respectful, impactful and meaningful. And as the leaf-peepers come pouring into Maine, remember how much more colorful and vibrant travelers have made our state. Tourism can take us all to amazing places!
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