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World Tourism Day: Travel Through Banknotes

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September 22, 2021
Tags : Banknote/Note, Cash, Central Bank, Design
While travel restrictions continue to take glide, CashEssentials takes you on a trip to live out of your suitcase – or rather, your wallet – as we travel through banknotes and give you a glimpse of fascinating places and attractions.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive social and economic impact, causing unprecedented disruptions to markets and sectors. Tourism is one of the most important sectors in the world economy, accounting for 10 percent of global GDP and more than 320 million jobs worldwide, and has unfortunately taken a direct hit.

World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

And while travel restrictions continue to take glide, CashEssentials thought of taking you on a trip to live out of your suitcase – or rather, your wallet – as we travel through banknotes and give you a glimpse of fascinating places and attractions.


Philippine Pesos

The Banknote series from the Philippines takes you on a journey through the country’s treasure trove of vast natural wonders from land to water.

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20 Philippine Pesos

The Banaue Rice Terraces that were carved into the mountains of Banaue, Ifugao in the Philippines is also carved into the 20-Pesos banknote. Built 2000 years ago and passed on from generation to generation, it is a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines and is often called the “Eight Natural Wonder of the World”.


50 Philippine Pesos

At the back of the 50-Peso banknote, one can find the Taal Volcano, which itself has a lake of its own inside its crater called “Crater Lake”. It promises a unique adventure, given that Taal is one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes with its latest eruption happened in July 2020.


100 Philippine Pesos

Flip over the 100-Peso banknote and you’ll discover the Mayon Volcano, a touristic spot not only famous among Filipino travelers but tourists across the world for its iconic perfect cone shape.


200 Philippine Pesos

A breathtaking view of a thousand cone-shaped hills stretched over 50 square kilometers of land can be found at the back of the 200-Peso bill. Widely known as the “Chocolate Hills”, for resembling chocolate truffles, this magnificent natural landscape is unique to the Bohol region.


500 Philippine Pesos

You can find the beautiful waters of the Puerto Princesa Underground River streaming across the back of the 500-Peso banknote. It is one of the world’s most impressive cave systems located in the islands of Palawan, which is also a highly visited touristic spot. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.


1000 Philippine Pesos

The Tubbataha Reef , featured on the 1000-Peso banknote, is known as a Philippine gem and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dubbed as one of the most pristine and biodiverse reefs in the world, it carries over 350 species of coral and 500 species of fish.


2,000 Colombian Pesos

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At the back of Colombia’s 2,000-Colombian Peso banknote, you’ll find the ever so eye-catching Caño Cristales river that will leave you in awe with its vivid colours.  Journey into the Serranía de la Macarena national park in the province of Meta Colombia and you’ll stumble upon this “liquid rainbow” – as it is also called. The bright red, yellow, green, blue and black colors are produced during the reproductive process of the aquatic plants in the river and is a phenomenon that happens nowhere else in the world.


1,000 Mexican Pesos

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Take a walk on the wild side and go on an adventure with the 1,000-Mexican Peso banknote featuring a jaguar walking through the Ceiba and Zapote trees standing tall in the middle of the Ancient Mayan City and protected tropical forests of Calakmul.    is an architectural wonder with figures sculpted in stone and modeled in plaster, and has been recognised as a natural and cultural world heritage site by UNESCO.



100 Egyptian Pound

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One can feel monumental when holding the 100-Egyptian Pound as at the back of this banknote is The Great Sphinx of Egypt standing bold and proud. The towering statue quite known to the world is believed to have been built more than 4,500 years ago.


20 Zimbabwean Dollar

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The Mosi-oa-Tunya, also known as the Victoria Falls, can not only be found flowing at the back of the 20-Zimbabwean Dollar but as well as on the list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is neither the widest nor highest waterfall in the world but is the world’s largest sheet of falling water located on the boarders of Zambia and Zimbabwe. 75% of the Falls can be seen from the Zimbabwean side, while the remaining 25% is visible from the Zambian side.


And others

CashEssentials has celebrated other international days throughout the years and through beautiful banknotes that you can check out below:

International Women’s Day

World Ocean’s Day