Egypt welcomes UNWTO flight ban call

11th May 2016
Egypt welcomes UNWTO flight ban call

The Egyptian minister of tourism, Yehia Rashed, has welcomed the UNWTO’s call for the lifting of any unnecessary bans on travel for tourists.

The UNWTO comments were made at the start of the UNWTO Executive Council meeting in Malaga, Spain.

This meeting marks the start of Egypt and minister Rashed’s chairing the Executive Council of the UNWTO for the next 12 months and the session focused on the issue of security and tourism.

In the session the UNWTO also invited the world to visit Egypt and to be positive and optimistic about global tourism, especially in countries such as Egypt.

The UNWTO called on the world to work to defeat terrorism so that tourism can develop.

It also said that the global tourism movement is a cornerstone for both international economic and human development.

Responding to the UNWTO comments, Rashed warmly welcomed the comments.

He said: “I fully support the UNWTO’s positive message today that all unnecessary bans on travel and tourism should be lifted.

“Egypt has taken significant positive steps in addressing security issues and the UNWTO’s support is to be warmly welcomed.

“I call upon all those countries who currently possess flight restrictions to consider the UNWTO’s request positively.

“The support of such an influential United Nations body inviting the world to Egypt marks the start of a great opportunity for Egyptian tourism.

“With Egypt chairing the UNWTO Executive Council for the next 12 months I look forward to many more positive developments.”

Breaking Travel News recently caught up with minister Yehia Rashed in Dubai. Take a look at his thought below: