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Côte d'Ivoire: beach resort attack 'horrible act of violence,' says UN tourism agency

Côte d'Ivoire: beach resort attack 'horrible act of violence,' says UN tourism agency

India Blooms News Service | | 14 Mar 2016, 08:27 am
New York, Mar 14 (Just Earth News/IBNS):The United Nations tourism agency on Sunday strongly condemned the attack at a hotel in Côte d'Ivoire's beach resort town of Grand Bassam, which reportedly killed more than a dozen people.

“We are appalled by this horrible act of violence,” World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said in a statement. “Our thoughts at this difficult moment are with the families and friends of the victims and the people of Côte d'Ivoire.”

He said UNWTO reaffirmed its full support and confidence in the West African nation's tourism sector which has been growing over the last years.

“We trust that tourism will continue to play a key role in advancing development in Côte d'Ivoire,” he said, noting that the country's commercial capital of Abidjan will host a 19-21 April meeting for the 58th UNWTO Comion for Africa and the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Conference & Symposium.

UN Photo/Patricia Esteve