Dhaka: Popular holiday destinations Indonesia, Dubai and Rwanda are among the latest destinations to begin using the world's first ever global safety and hygiene stamp, launched recently by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
The growing list of endorsements have come from many major holiday and city destinations around the world, such as Sharjah as well Malaga which joins the growing list of Spanish summer sun destinations including Alicante and Benidorm.
WTTC, which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, created the Safe Travels stamp to allow travellers to identify destinations and businesses around the world which have adopted the global standardised health and hygiene protocols.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has welcomed the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, which place the safety and hygiene of travellers as top priority.
Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, WTTC, said, "The success of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp shows its importance not only to countries and destinations, but also, crucially, to travellers and the 330 million people around the world who work in and depend on, the travel and tourism sector."
"The stamp is a critical step in re-establishing consumer confidence in travel and tourism and ensuring travellers can rest easy knowing that enhanced standards of hygiene are in place and they can once again experience 'Safe Travels'."
Since the launch of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, destination countries, cities, and hotspots around the world have now adopted WTTC's new protocols.
Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), said, "As we reopen Dubai's doors to tourism and welcome our international visitors back to the city, our foremost priority is their wellbeing, achieved through stringent hygiene and safety protocols that have been deployed across all tourist touch points. The WTTC's Safe Travels stamp endorses Dubai's strong global cooperation in combating the pandemic with comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety."
Wishnutama Kusubandio, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, said, "Indonesia and the World Travel and Tourism Council have a long history of strategic cooperation, including the latest support from WTTC for the development of Guidelines on the Implementation of Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Encironment (CHSE) under "Indonesia Care" national campaign."
"Parallel to Indonesia's efforts to restart the tourism industry after the pandemic, we are honoured to be part of the Safe Travels stamp that has been designed to rebuild confidence among consumers so they can travel safely."
Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer at Rwanda Development Board, said, "The creation of the WTTC Safe Travels global protocols and Stamp represent an important step in the reopening of tourism around the world and Rwanda is proud to adopt these global standards. We are excited to welcome tourists back to Rwanda for safe and memorable experiences - from seeing the Big 5 on safari and exploring Rwanda's lush rainforests to learning about our vibrant culture."
As part of its Safe Travels protocols, these worldwide measures provide 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 COVID-19 world.
The protocols were devised following the experience of WTTC members dealing with COVID19 and based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to WTTC's 2020 Economic Impact Report, during 2019, Travel and Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million total), making a 10.3 per cent contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.