The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announce a destination tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel. It is the result of both organizations joining forces to boost confidence and accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector when the borders are reopened. The OMT and IATA Destination Tracker is a new free online tool for governments to provide information on COVID-19 requirements for travel and current measures at the destination.
The tool is available through the websites of both organizations and will provide information on:
COVID-19 indicators including infection rates, positivity rates, and vaccination deployment by destination / country.
Air travel regulations, including testing and quarantine requirements, provided by IATA’s Timatic solution.
Destination measures, including general health and safety requirements, such as wearing masks, transit through a country, curfew, or regulations related to restaurants and attractions, provided by national tourism organizations.
The Destination Tracker will meet a key need by providing clarity on COVID-19 measures affecting tourism. The situation of travelers is complex, since UNWTO data show that one in three destinations is closed to tourists. In addition, national restrictions and measures are continually reviewed.
We are confident that this tool is also critical for governments to track existing travel restrictions and support the safe restart of our industry.
Governments can use the destination tracker to post COVID-19 travel information so potential travelers know what to expect at their destination. When fully equipped with up-to-date destination information, travel stakeholders, including Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) and travel agencies, will be able to obtain the latest destination information, enabling travelers to make informed decisions when borders reopen and travel resumes. The development of the Tracker framework is now complete. Updated information on COVID-19 indicators and air travel regulations is available and is systematically updated. Destination information is loading,
UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili says: “UNWTO is pleased to strengthen its partnership with UNWTO Affiliate Member IATA to provide this important tool. Travelers and companies will be able to verify the current requirements for air travel, as well as the measures that will be implemented in the visited destination. We are confident that this tool is also critical for governments to track existing travel restrictions and support the safe restart of our industry. ”
“It has been more than a year since freedom to travel was lost due to COVID-19 measures seeing borders closed. When governments have the confidence to reopen borders, people will be eager to travel. And they will need accurate information to guide them. With the support of national tourism organizations, the UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker will help travelers and travel companies obtain the latest information for travel planning, ”said Willie Walsh, IATA Director General.
The OMT-IATA Destination Tracker is based on the existing partnership between the two parties. In October 2020, UNWTO and IATA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to restore confidence in international air travel. The agreement will also see the two agencies partner to foster innovation to drive the restart of tourism, promote greater public-private collaboration in the field of aviation and the tourism sector in general, and advance the progress already made towards the achievement. of greater sustainability and resilience.