“Today our societies were attacked in three different continents showing that we face a truly global threat”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, strongly condemning the attacks in the Tunisian city of Sousse, in Lyon, France and in Kuwait city.
In a statement, the UNWTO said it conveys its heartfelt condolences, on the behalf of the global tourism community, to the families and friends of the victims and reiterates its full support, particularly to the people and the Government of Tunisia, who have been long fighting strongly against these forces and restore confidence in its important tourism sector.
“These attacks are direct attacks to the livelihood of the Tunisian people. Tourism is a lifeline for the economy of the country and we stand by the Government and the people of Tunisia in continuing to support the recovery of this vital sector to the future and wellbeing of Tunisians”, he added.
“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of this brutal attack. Our thoughts are with them at this terrible time”, David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council, said.
In a statement, the WTTC said the attack striked at the heart of the country’s tourism industry, only three months after the callous attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March 2015.
“Tunisia is a beautiful destination. Travel & Tourism plays a pivotal role in the country’s economy, generating over 15% of the country’s GDP at around US$7.4 billion, and supporting nearly 14% of total employment in 2014”, the statement read.
“Tourism is a force for good in the world with its great economic and social benefits. It is important that travel organisations and travellers continue to support Tunisia, whilst the government takes appropriate measures on security.”