Terrorism and tourism safety

Dr. Taleb Rifai speaks out on terrorism and tourism safety

WORLDTOURISMWIREindependent- outspoken25 August 2016
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Dr. Taleb Rifai speaks out on terrorism and tourism safety

August 25, 2016

Dr. Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization, was interviewed by Elena Sevillano, a journalist based in Madrid, home of UNWTO.

Elena points out Taleb Rifai believes the best way to respond to terrorists is to continue visiting the attacked countries.

In the exclusive interview Elena Sevillano speaks about safety, terrorism, all very real issues facing the global travel and tourism industry. Terror has made tourism to their number one target and enemy.

Jordan’s Taleb Rifai (1949), secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), takes advantage of every opportunity to highlight the role of tourism as a catalyst for development and a source of wealth. In Sri Lanka, where this interview was held, Rifai stressed how this industry even helps to heal the wounds of conflict such as that experienced by this Asian country as recently as just seven years ago. The conversation, however, drifted towards what is perhaps the greatest current threat faced by the sector: terrorism.

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