UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) condemn the attacks in Istanbul on 10 December 2016, at the Vodafone Arena, home to Besiktas soccer team, and in the neighbouring Macka Park. This comes when Turkey is beginning to recover from the attempted coup in July and the attack by three suicide bombers at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport in June.
“On the behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and expresses its full solidarity with the people and the Government of Turkey” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
“This attack reminds us once more that we are facing a global threat that requires us to work closer together to have a firm and coordinated response that engages all governments and the international community. Turkey is a leading tourism destination and we are confident it will continue to be so with the support of all” he added.
David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the attacks in Istanbul. Our heart goes out to the friends and family of the victims. Now more than ever it is important that public and private sectors work together to respond to the threats of terrorism. Turkey is a beautiful tourism destination and we stand by the country in these difficult times. We look forward to the time when the security situation stabilises and the tourism numbers start to build again,”.