UNWTO statement on US travel prohibit

UNWTO statement on US travel prohibit

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UNWTO declaration on US travel ban (Forimmediaterelease. net) The World Travel and leisure Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specific Agency for Tourism, expresses the deep concern and strong disapproval over the recently announced travel prohibit by the United States of America (USA) to nationals of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia plus Yemen).

The travel prohibit, based on nationality, is contrary to the particular principles of freedom of vacation and travel facilitation promoted with the international tourism community and will impede the immense benefits of the travel and leisure sector brings in terms of financial growth and job creation to a lot of countries, including the USA.

“ Global challenges demand worldwide solutions and the security challenges that people face today should not prompt all of us to build new walls; on the contrary, isolationism and blind discriminatory actions will never lead to increased security but rather in order to growing tensions and threats”, mentioned UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

“ Besides the direct effect, the image of a country which imposes travel bans in such a hostile method will surely be affected among guests from all over the world and risk throwing travel demand to the USA” additional Mr Rifai.

Mass media contact: UNWTO Media Officer Mentality Gomez Sobrino Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 rgomez@unwto. org

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