New Zealand, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Oman are among the latest major destinations to adopt the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, joining more than 400 other destinations around the world who have the globally-recognized credential.
WTTC, which has been continuously leading the private sector in the efforts to rebuild global consumer confidence and encourage the return of safe international travel, launched the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp just over one year ago.
The stamp, which has been crucial to restoring confidence in travellers, has now also been adopted by major destination countries, such as Trinidad & Tobago, Madagascar, Samoa and Réunion Island.
“We are delighted that our Safe Travels stamp continues to go from strength to strength and has been adopted by destinations from every corner of the world," said Julia Simpson, president & CEO at the WTTC, on Friday (Sept. 24).
“From Portugal to Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka to Slovenia, Thailand to Tunisia, our stamp is now recognized around the globe. This is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in making our stamp work for both destinations and holidaymakers."
“This sets a standard of health and safety protocols so visitors can travel safe in the knowledge that a destination is following the highest standards.”
According to WTTC’s 2020 Economic Impact Report (EIR), in 2019, travel and tourism contributed 10.4 per cent to global GDP and supported 334 million jobs (one in 10 jobs across the world).
However, following a year of global lockdowns and closed borders, some 62 million travel and tourism jobs were lost around the world, and the sector’s contribution to global GDP slumped by US$4.5 trillion, the WTTC says.