WTTC enters agreement with World Economic Forum for seamless and secure travel

Published on : Friday, July 19, 2019

The World Travel & Tourism Council and the World Economic Forum  has collaborated to exchange information and work together to achieve international harmony by using standards and inter-operability across different parts of tourism.



The digital travel identity management will shape the future of how we travel and both organizations are committed to increase the use of biometric-enabled technology to increase passenger efficiency along with improving border security.



Global consortium of individuals, governments, authorities and the travel industry will see enhanced security in world travel through the Known Traveller Digital Identity project which is a World Economic Forum.




The  governments of Canada and the Netherlands are  committed to pilot the concept in an international cross-border context in January with 2018. This is in collaboration with Air Canada, KLM  Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.



The KTDI Pilot consortium was officially launched this week by testing of the enabling technology to start off during the course of 2019.


WTTC is committed to work with existing initiatives in the area to permit the use of biometric technology and digital identity.



WTTC has so far researched over 53 initiatives using biometrics in the tourism sector through its Seamless Traveller Journey programme.



The potential emerging models has been identified like the WEF KTDI initiative – which may address the end-to-end traveller journey of the future.



According to Gloria Guevara, WTTC president their  data shows that tourism contributes 10.4 per cent of global GDP and 319 million jobs.



One in five of all new jobs on the planet are being created by tourism and  they forecast that 100 million jobs will be created by their sector in the next ten years. Use of biometric technology will maximize the growth and ensure safe and hassle-free travel.



However, the range of work across the sector is welcomes but it shows unfortunate fragmentation and complexity.



It is important to align so that different parts of the sector work on the same standards and ensure that different solutions can work together and achieve interoperability.

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