The UNWTO is adding its voice in the condemnation of the the tragic attack perpetrated in Orlando this past weekend, in which 49 people were killed in an attack on a gay nightclub in the city.
"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 United States of America,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “This hideous crime reminds us once again we are facing a global threat and that we need to more than ever stay together, strengthen our cooperation and continue to fight prejudice” he added.
According to reports, the attack (taking place as Pride celebrations are marked worldwide this month) was carried out in the early hours of Sunday morning (June 12) by a 29-year-old gunman who was later killed by police. In addition to those killed, 53 people were injured in what has been described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Multiple candlelight vigils took place in cities around the world last night.