Published on : Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has praised millions of people around the world involved with the tourism sector for going the extra mile during the unprecedented global crisis. WTTC has appreciated workers from the travel and tourism sector across the world for providing crucial help to fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Gloria Guevara, President, and Chief Executive, WTTC has expressed a ‘huge thank you’ on behalf of WTTC to travel and tourism companies throughout the private sector around the world. She mentioned in an official statement that WTTC wants to pay tribute to the millions of amazing coronavirus heroes throughout the global tourism sector. She said that they deserve the acknowledgment for selflessly going the extra mile to help their communities to overcome and combat the COVID-19 pandemic threat.
She further added that the council recognises the quiet heroism and phenomenal dedication that the travel and tourism workers have showcased in a time of crucial global crisis. She shares that workers of the industry have used their incredible people skills developed during the normal working lives and have utilised their wealth of experience in order to step up and offer essential help and assistance to those who are fighting the novel coronavirus from the front line.
She shared that travel and tourism workers have done everything possible from tending to the sick, opening hotels for healthcare workers or manning food banks to help people during the pandemic. She also mentioned that the sector and the people involved like similar others have risen to the challenge and shown with their hearts and actions that people are stronger when they function together and that the human race across the globe is capable of winning the battle.
So far, millions of people employed by large and small WTTC member companies have volunteered their time and experience to help out communities amid the virus outbreak. Many have placed their own lives and livelihood under threat to provide essential help to the struggling communities with relief efforts.
Furloughed airline cabin crew have been deployed to help in hospitals, additional flights continue to operate as medical cargo and rescue flights, luxury hotels have opened their doors to provide free rooms to healthcare workers as well as helped others with grocery shopping and running errands for the self-isolating elders.
Similar to various other industries, the tourism sector has faced near collapse and a battle for survival due to the extensive travel restrictions and lockdowns ordered by governments across the world to stop the spread of the pandemic. Therefore, WTTC has taken upon itself to praise all of its members, across all sectors and regions for their dedication. It also appreciated the selfless employees for going above and beyond to help other people.