US travel ban to hinder tourism economic benefits, says UNWTO

Published on : Thursday, February 2, 2017

UNWTO logoThe United States has been hugely condemned by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the travel ban it issued on nationals and refugees of seven Islamic countries at the order of President Donald Trump.

 
UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai said the travel ban was contrary to the principles of freedom of travel.

 

Rifai said the ban would also hinder the immense benefits that the tourism sector brought in terms of economic growth and job creation to many countries, including the US.

 

“Besides the direct impact, the image of a country which 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 USA,” he said in a statement in Harare.

 

Washington banned nationals from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from travelling to the United States or seek refuge there, a decision which has sharply divided the world.

 

The US suspended entry of all refugees into the US for four months, and scrapped a refugee programme for war-ravaged Syria, prompting some European countries to also consider similar measures.

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