Visa restrictions are hindering the development of tourism in the world

The world tourism organization (UNWTO) urged not to limit the ability of citizens of all countries of the world to travel.

“We believe that the restriction of visas and restrictions on ability to travel – this is wrong,” the Ambassador said UNWTO Michael Frenzel at the International tourist forum in Istanbul.

He again appealed to the authorities of the United States, urging to lift the restrictions for citizens of seven countries, Recalling that the strict visa policy in the early 2000s led to the loss of more than $600 billion in the tourism industry for a decade.

“I hope the U.S. government will reconsider the ban,” he said.

The President of the Association of travel agencies of Turkey Basaran Ulusoy also noted that visa restrictions are not conducive to the development of tourism in the world.

“We are talking about the fact that Turkey is a country that not only takes tourists, but also travels, 568 thousand tourists traveled before, now 9 .5 million tourists, which means economic growth. I don’t understand why Turkey burden of visas”, – he commented the situation with the Greek Islands.

He noted that Turkish tourists when such a policy may shift to other areas.

In late January, the US President, Donald trump has signed a decree limiting at 120 days, the admission of new refugees, as well as banning the issuance of entry visas to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Somalia and the Sudan. Later the court in Seattle imposed a ban on the implementation of the decree, the administration tried to challenge the ban in the court of appeal. This week it was reported that D. trump said that considering the possibility of a new version of the decree, the purpose of which is to restrict entry into the U.S. citizens of some Muslim countries.

This week it also became known that the European Commission did not approve the project on visa-free visits to the Greek Islands in the Eastern Aegean sea with tourists from countries that are not members of the EU. In addition, because of the security issues and the problem of refugees was not extended the special visa program for Turkish travelers, which operated from 2012. Turkish citizens arriving at ports of the Eastern Islands of the Aegean sea, received one-day visa. The program ended on 30 October last year.

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