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UNWTO calls off World Tourism Day celebrations at Burkina Faso

Burkinabes demonstrating near the presidential palace, Wednesday after soldiers arrested Burkina Faso’s Transitional President and Prime Minister in Ouagadougou.
Burkinabes demonstrating near the presidential palace, Wednesday after soldiers arrested Burkina Faso’s Transitional President and Prime Minister in Ouagadougou.

Following the political unrests in the West African country of Burkina Faso, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has moved to cancel the World Tourism Day celeb rations earlier awarded to the country.

According to official sources the decision to hold the 2015 official World Tourism Day Celebrations in Burkina Faso was taken by the 20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly in 2013.

“Considering the information available at the moment on the situation in Burkina Faso and the short time frame to the forthcoming World Tourism Day, the UNWTO Secretariat has communicated to its Executive Council that unfortunately it would not be possible to hold such celebrations Burkina Faso.

“Global celebrations on this important date will take place around the world and we invite you to join the global World Tourism Day Campaign set to raise awareness of the value of our sector as reflected in the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day – ‘One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities,’ the UN agency for tourism said in a statement, Tuesday.

The World Tourism Day celebration is observed annually September 27.

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