MADRID, 2 February 2017: The World Tourism Organisation joins the chorus of protests denouncing President Trump’s travel ban that impacts on seven nations in the Middle East and North Africa.
UNWTO said it was expressing deep concern and strong condemnation over the recently announced travel ban by the United States of America (USA) to nationals of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen).
The travel ban, based on nationality, is contrary to the principles of freedom of travel and travel facilitation promoted by the international tourism community, the UNWTO statement read.
The UN agency that specialises in tourism said the executive order would hinder the immense benefits that tourism brings in terms of economic growth and job creation to many countries, including the US.
“Global challenges demand global solutions and the security challenges that we face today should not prompt us to build new walls; on the contrary, isolationism and blind discriminatory actions will not lead to increased security, but rather to growing tensions and threats,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
“Besides the direct impact, the image of a country that imposes travel bans in such a hostile way will surely be affected among visitors from all over the world and risk dumping travel demand to the US,” added Rifai.