WTTC offers condolences to bomb victims

26th Apr 2006

The World Travel & Tourism Council has issued the following statement in relation to the recent bomb attacks in Egypt. The World Travel & Tourism Council is appalled and saddened by the bomb attack in Dahab, Egypt on April 24. We offer our sincerest condolences to those affected by this
horrific attack.

The attack is yet another example of terrorist groups’ attempts to
undermine confidence and cause widespread destruction and chaos.  WTTC
commends the authorities for their speedy and effective response and
continues to support the Egyptian government as they move forward with
development plans.

Jean-Claude Baumgarten, WTTC President said, “Although the short-term
impact of these attacks on tourism in Egypt may be significant, the
long-term outlook remains positive. Egypt has a thriving Travel &
Tourism industry, accounting for 15 per cent of total GDP and over 2
million jobs. We are confident that, as after recent attacks in
Sharm-el-Sheikh, the government will put in place policies to support
and encourage the continued growth of the industry.”

The Council urges the international community to continue to travel in
order to defeat the terrorists’ aims. Travel can defy terrorism by
encouraging and enriching exchange of customs and educating each other
in the diverse cultures our world has to offer.


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