Aiming to support Greece after the country experienced devastating wildfires in the Attica region, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Thursday, encouraged travelers to proceed with their plans to visit the country.
“Tourists, stick to your travel plans and go there! Tourism means much needed income & creates new opportunities!” the UNWTO said via twitter.
The UNWTO’s tweet followed a letter of support for the victims of the fatal fires, sent from Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili to Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura on Wednesday.
How can #tourism help #Greece? Tourists, stick to your travel plans and go there! Tourism means much needed income & creates new opportunities! @ElenaKountoura @VisitGreecegr @gtpgr @pololikashvili #TravelEnjoyRespect pic.twitter.com/zbrZCGxcjW
— World Tourism Organization🌐 (@UNWTO) July 26, 2018
The secretary-general expressed the “deep sorrow” of the organization and the global tourism community during this challenging time for Greece.
“In this difficult moment allow me to convey, on my personal behalf andf that of UNWTO, our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and reiterate our full support to the people and the Government of Greece,” Pololikashvili said.
“The people of Greece have proven their resilience many times before and I truly believe this time will be no different,” he added.