WTTC Publishes Health and Safety Guidelines For The Travel and Tourism Sector

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has today published major guidelines in association with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to help Travel and Tourism organisations implement health and hygiene protocols to help build confidence in the sector.

WTTC published a number of guidelines throughout 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and introduced the Safe Travels protocols which enables countries and destinations to demonstrate consistent standards in health and hygiene in the post Covid-19 world.

Consumers have regularly stated in surveys and consultations, that health and hygiene factors are key in increasing their confidence to begin to travel again.

“WTTC is delighted to partner with IOSH once again on such important guidelines. Consumer and employee confidence are key components in the recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector, and we believe this document will play a significant role in that process. Meaningful engagement is needed across organisations to ensure that the protocols are successfully implemented, and our goal is to support the private sector in ensuring they are able to have the highest level of health and safety.”

“2020 was a year like a no other. We saw millions of people around the world lose their livelihoods, and many more struggle financially and emotionally. However, whilst the Travel & Tourism sector suffered enormously, history has shown it to be a resilient sector and we are confident that during the next few months we will begin to see that strong recovery take hold. We believe that these guidelines will help aid in that process and become part of organisational DNA.”

Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC

“The management of safety and health is crucial to businesses in Travel & Tourism and other sectors as they seek to recover from the impact of Covid-19. By successfully managing the risks, organisations can not only protect their people but demonstrate safety and health and thereby gain confidence among their consumer base in how they are operating.”

“From the very start of the pandemic, IOSH has been supporting our members and their employers to manage the risks they face. We are delighted continue our collaboration with WTTC and believe this publication will have a significant impact on this sector.”

Duncan Spencer, Head of Advice and Practice at IOSH

The “Safe Travel” stamp is designed to help travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

The “Safe Travels” stamp is available to eligible companies, including hotels, restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, attractions, short term rentals, car rentals, outdoor shopping, transportation and airports, who have implemented the health and hygiene protocols outlined by WTTC.   

So far in Southeast Asia the “Safe Travel” stamp is being supported in Indonesia and the Philippines.

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