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* UNWTO calls on global community to offer support to Sri Lanka through tourism
Thu, May 16, 2019, 09:15 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 15, Colombo: The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has called on the global community to offer support to Sri Lanka through tourism at this critical time.

In a video message posted at Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Official Facebook page, UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili offering condolences to the victims of the Easter Sunday suicide attacks on churches and star class hotels in the island said continued support through tourism can help the island nation to recover from the devastation.

"I call on the global community to offer its unwavering support to Sri Lanka at this critical moment. The country's hotels, beaches and sites of interest are open as usual and ready to welcome you. By continuing to offer our support through tourism, we can help Sri Lanka recover and continue on its path towards peace and prosperity," Pololikashvili said.

UNWTO Secretary General posted the following message:

"As the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations, I have had the privilege of seeing Sri Lanka emerge as one of the world's great tourism success stories, the country offers a warm welcome to visitors from all over the world, regardless of nationality or creed.

In return, tourism has provided many Sri Lankans with secure jobs, helping whole communities grow and develop. Tourism has also been a major factor in the past decade of national reconciliation, and contributed to bringing the people of Sri Lanka closer together.

Sri Lanka's tourism sector is a beacon of hope and unity. That's why those who seek to divide us, target hotels and other places where people come together. I offer my sincere condolences to those affected by the recent attacks, especially the families of the many victims.

I also call on the global community to offer its unwavering support to Sri Lanka at this critical moment. The country's hotels, beaches and sites of interest are open as usual and ready to welcome you. By continuing to offer our support through tourism, we can help Sri Lanka recover and continue on its path towards peace and prosperity."

UNWTO has also extended its immediate support for the recovery of Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka and a series of discussions have taken place between UNWTO Asia and the Pacific top officials and Sri Lanka Tourism Communications Team at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain following the Easter Sunday Attacks, SLTDA said in a statement.

 

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