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Tighter border rules in Europe would backfire - UN - 24 April 2012

posted 26 Apr 2012, 08:15 by Schengen Visa   [ updated 26 Apr 2012, 08:16 ]

(Reuters) - France and Germany would shoot themselves - and Europe - in the foot by pressing for stepped-up border controls in the travel-free Schengen region, the top U.N. tourism official said on Tuesday.

Countries should instead insist on more liberal travel rules or risk being left out of the revenue and jobs that tourists shower on their favourite travel destinations, said Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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