The World Travel and Tourism Council called for maintaining biosecurity standards and speeding up vaccination programs
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC for its acronym in English), called on all governments and businessmen to strengthen biosafety protocols to avoid the increase in infections and greater effects on the tourism industry, as well as the economy. global.
The WTTC considers it necessary to continue with the practice and promotion of global hygiene and sanitation protocols, which include basic measures, such as the use of mouth covers, application of alcohol gel and social distancing.
Particularly in travel and tourism, biosecurity protocols were created and adopted to guarantee the safety of travelers and regain their trust. In addition, it is a practice that benefits those who depend on the tourism industry directly and indirectly.
On the other hand, the world body has called for accelerating the vaccination processes against COVID-19, in order to promote the reopening of travel and tourism.
Likewise, he assured that the global reciprocal recognition of all approved vaccines will be essential for the restart of international travel.
If possible, this recognition would give tourists and travelers the confidence they need to book trips, flights and cruises, confident in the knowledge that their full vaccination status will be recognized internationally.
The WTTC considers that the work between the public and private sectors is fundamental for the promotion and practice of standardized hygiene and sanitation protocols, which are clear and are under permanent observance. Likewise, joint responsibility on the part of travelers and the general population will mitigate the levels of contagion and will drive the global recovery from the current health crisis.
The devastating impact of the pandemic has eliminated millions of jobs and seen its contribution to GDP fall. According to the latest WTTC Economic Impact Report, during 2020, a year in which it was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Travel and Tourism contributed 5.5% to world GDP, a decrease of 4.9% compared to 2019. In addition, the loss of more than 62 million jobs in the sector was recorded.