UNWTO calls for support to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia

MADRID;SPAIN, 20.5.2014.

UNWTO is deeply saddened by the news of the devastating floods currently affecting Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the affected communities and to the Governments of the three countries.

"Our thoughts at this difficult moment are with the all the people in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “Many livelihoods in this part of Europe depend on the tourism sector and we are calling on tourists to continue to visit the destinations and establishments still in operation as this can help speed up rebuilding efforts", he added.

UNWTO is confident that the area will recover from this tragic occurrence and stands ready and committed to support the national authorities in any tourism-related recovery programmes for the affected areas in order to ensure that tourism continues to thrive and contribute to the region’s future socio-economic development.