In the fourth part of our series focusing on the Future of Travel we look at the controversial subject of vaccine passports.
Our first three parts looked at why your future travel will be very different, we investigated how your future flying experience will be different and why vaccine passports may be an essential tool in reopening travel.
Cleanliness standards on planes, transport and accommodation has been a major factor for many people in the past.
However significant numbers either did not consider it as a major factor or were driven by price and chasing a bargain.
All of a sudden, times have changed and demonstrating cleanliness and safety is going to be key for the recovery of travel throughout the world.
Visit an airline or hotel website now and you will generally see a very prominent section that is all about cleanliness and infection precautions.
Systems have changed radically in some cases, even among organisations who were well respected for their standards before the pandemic.
Trust will be a major factor for travellers.
Are companies actually doing what they are saying or just playing lip service to attract custom?
Review sites such as Tripadvisor or Trustpilot may become ever more powerful as consumers check for reports of poor standards. The added risk of fake reports could also be significant to the future prospects of some businesses.
There will be an increase in the number of local, national and international standards designed to set minimum operating procedures, help prove compliance and provide reassurance to consumers.
Safe Travels Stamp
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have introduced the Safe Travels Stamp designed to help restore consumer confidence.
The protocols were designed following guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking best practices into account.
More than 275 destinations have so far signed up to the stamp.
In Thailand the Safety Health & Administration (SHA) was launched to help raise safety standards in the travel and tourism industry and restore confidence in travellers.
The SHA has been approved by the WTTC as complying with the Safe Travel Stamp.
The SHA has five key areas:
- Applicants must strictly follow the Covid-19 control guidelines from the Ministry of Public Health.
- Tourist attractions and facilities must be safe and have strategies in place that ensure tourist safety. At the same time, local culture should be respected with interaction between local communities and tourists.
- Hygiene and sanitation in tourism establishments including hotels, home-stays, souvenir shops and restaurants.
- Clean and safe links between communities and attractions and health and safety standards to cover transportation (including private cars, public buses and airlines).
- Trained staff at tourist venues to ensure tourist safety and security.
A SHA+ has now been introduced, piloting in Phuket, which requires at least 70% of staff being vaccinated against Covid-19.
In the next part of this series we will look at the growth in demand and availability of sustainable travel.
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