IATA hails G20 agreement to support safe tourism

Published on : Friday, May 7, 2021

IATA has welcomed the agreement by the G20 Tourism Ministers to support the safe restoration of mobility by following the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism.


IATA urged G20 governments to quickly follow up their endorsement of the guidelines with actions, particularly the five-point agenda to safely restore mobility:

Sharing information among industry and governments to inform policies and decisions to ensure safe mobility.
Agreeing common international approaches to COVID-19 testing, vaccination, certification and information.
Promoting digital traveller identity, biometrics and contactless transactions for safe and seamless travel.
Providing accessible, consistent, clear and updated information to travellers to encourage and facilitate travel planning and journeys.
Maintaining and improving the connectivity, safety and sustainability of transport systems.

“The G20 has the right focus and agenda to restart travel and tourism. The combination of vaccinations and testing are the drivers to make travel broadly and safely accessible. Moreover, Prime Minister Draghi’s promise that Italy is ready to welcome back the world and encouragement to book holidays should be an inspiration to other world leaders. It captures the urgency that is needed to move forward quickly and safely in restoring the freedom to travel,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.


The emphasis on information sharing, working together to implement practical processes, and data-driven policies is particularly welcome. These are the basis for managing the risks of COVID-19 as we move towards normality.

“The G20’s call for a combined effort of industry and governments to share information moves us towards the risk management framework that is needed for a restart. No industry knows better that safety is paramount than aviation.

Effective risk management—based on evidence, data and facts—underpins everything airlines do, and it is a core aviation competency that can help governments safely reopen borders. Over a year into the crisis, and with six months of experience with vaccines, data exists to support the targeted measures that the G20 is aiming for. Using data to guide restart plans should gain impetus from the G20 action plan,” said Walsh.


Aviation Getting Ready

The aviation industry is already making critical progress to be ready.


The UNWTO/IATA Destination Tracker will give travellers the confidence to plan travel knowing the measures that are in place and requirements to travel.

The G20 agreements add important support to the building momentum to restore travel. Developments in recent weeks include the following:

A travel bubble opened between Australia and New Zealand
The European Commission and the European Parliament each announced efforts to welcome vaccinated travellers, and travellers from low-incidence countries to Europe
The UK is pursuing the gradual resumption of international travel from 17 May
Italy announced it was planning to implement the European ‘Green Certificate’ in May to facilitate opening borders, and

France is planning to reopen its borders to international tourists with a “health pass” from 9 June.

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