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World Tourism Day

Today is World Tourism Day and India is the host country for the first time this year. Before I started Apkka at the beginning of this year, I had the opportunity to backpack around the country exploring different cities. From the luscious forests of Cherrapunjee in North East India to the artistic palaces of Mysore in the South. If you haven’t done so already I highly recommend visiting this vibrant country where the food, language, and culture is so diverse in every region.

For many decades tourism has experienced growth and diversification all over. This growth is expected to keep increasing. Today in celebration of a responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism, here are some tips on how to be a responsible traveller by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).


The intent is to inspire societies to create quality jobs that will help the economy while not harming the environment 

This year’s theme for World Tourism Day is “Tourism and Jobs - a better future for all”. The goal is to shed light on sustainable development and equality. Tourism is one of the leading sources of employment around the world and the intent is to inspire societies to create quality jobs that will help the economy while not harming the environment. 

This is definitely inspiring as my aim at Apkka has always been to put people and the planet first. This mission still holds true as every link in our supply chain supports fair trade practices. Some of which are fair payment to the manufacturers and artisans, ensuring there is no child labour or forced labour, respect for the environment, and poverty reduction through supporting small producers and businesses.

Designed in Canada & Handmade in India

India holds a special place in my heart because of the artisans we collaborate with. We have been working with them since March of this year. We are grateful for all the support from family, friends and our community thus far. Our bags are designed in Toronto, Canada and handcrafted in Kolkata, India. It was wonderful to spend time with the artisans and get to know one another back in March. You can check out our Transparency and Ethics page for more information on how we are keeping our communication channels open at all levels of our supply chain.

Happy World Tourism Day!

There are many aspects of responsible ethical green traveling - from protecting the environment through supporting the local people and economy to choosing green hotels and tour companies. When it comes to those long haul travel journeys you want to be comfortable too. Here are my top 9 travel essentials that help me carry healthy travel habits. 

What are your essentials and healthy travel habits?


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