The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said it is appalled and saddened by the bomb attacks which occurred on Tuesday in Mumbai, India.
The Council and its Members offer their most sincere condolences to those affected by this horrific attack.
Jean-Claude Baumgarten, WTTC President said: “This is yet another example of terrorist groups’ attempts to undermine confidence and cause widespread destruction and chaos, in what has become a global conflict.”
In a letter to the Minister of Tourism, WTTC commended the Indian security authorities on their speedy response to the attacks and the Council has offered its full support to the Indian Ministry of Tourism to ensure that the country’s Travel & Tourism is able to continue to grow and that those livelihoods which depend on the industry are sustained.
Baumgarten added: “Travel & Tourism is one of India’s largest economies, accounting for 2.1 per cent of total GDP and creating over 24 million jobs. Although the short-term impact of these attacks on tourism in India may be significant, the long-term outlook remains positive.”
In light of recent attacks around the world, it is clear that destinations affected by such attacks, the Travel & Tourism industry on which their economies are based and tourists themselves, are becoming increasingly resilient and the Council urges the international community to continue to travel.