Published on : Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recently announced that major destinations across the globe have signed up to WTTC’s safety stamp that was launched by the council as world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp. Many major holiday destinations around the world from Bulgaria to Turkey and Jamaica to Mauritius, among several others have proposed extensive endorsements so far.
The ‘Safe Travels’ stamp was designed to help travellers to identify safe destinations and businesses around the world that has adopted WTTC’s global standardised health and hygiene protocols. This would allow consumers as well as holidaymakers to experience ‘Safe Travels’ once they resume travel once again. Ever since the launch of the safe travel stamp, destinations like Turkey, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Mauritius, Ontario (Canada), Portugal, Saudi Arabia and the Mexican destinations of Baja California Sur and Yucatan, have adopted the latest protocols.
Places like Barcelona, Cancun, Madrid and Seville, some of the popular destinations for holidaymakers have also been provided with WTTC’s stamp of approval. The UNWTO has also embraced WTTC’s travel stamp as it further contributes to maintain the safety and hygiene of travellers as utmost priority. The protocols that come along with the stamp provides consistency and guidance to travel providers and travellers about the new approach to health, hygiene, deep cleansing and physical distancing, in the ‘new normal’ of the post-pandemic world.
Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC said in a press statement that it is highly gratifying to the council that various global destinations have started adopting the private sector protocols provided by WTTC. She said that growing number of countries adopting the measures at a rapid pace also shows the success and importance of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp.
She mentioned that the stamp is important to re-establish worldwide consumer confidence in Travel & Tourism as well as ensure travellers that enhanced standards of hygiene have been put in place so that they can travel safely around the world. She shared that the list of destinations recognising the new stamp continues to grow as the health and hygiene protocols continues to be executed across all sectors of travel including hotels, restaurants, airports, cruise lines, tour operators, restaurants, outdoor shopping and transportation.
She also appreciated the destination countries and cities for stepping forward to help ensure the speedy recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector and said that WTTC looks forward to welcoming more destinations in forthcoming days and week as the desire to resume travel activities continues to revive.