Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), participated in the Symposium of the Traveler Recognition Program (TRIP), held by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). to the UN
“Biometric technology represents the future of travel. It will help us to make the journey of the traveler safer and more efficient. I would like to recognize the work of ICAO to help introduce the digital identity processes of the traveler, and encourage the countries that are part of the organization to adopt them as soon as possible and avoid being left behind, “he said.
“Today, more than 1,400 million travelers cross international borders for business or pleasure, and billions more travel internally in the countries. 4.4 billion air trips are made every year. That is, these people are part of a sector that contributes 10.4% of world GDP and 319 million jobs to the world. But our sector does not stop and it is forecast that we will reach 1.8 international travelers by 2030 and 8.2 billion air passengers by 2037, “he said.
In the last two years, the Council, which represents the global private sector of the Travel and Tourism industry, has placed the adoption of biometric technology at the center of its agenda. This implementation would allow travelers to move more efficiently and safely across international borders, thus helping to create more jobs and boost economic growth worldwide.
Guevara Manzo highlighted the positive impact of the industry, since it provides greater economic prosperity for a growing number of people, and called for investment in infrastructure, since it can not be achieved with the current one. “We must do things differently and adopt biometric technology and digital identity processes for the traveler at our borders,” he said.
“That is why we fully support the work of the ICAO Traveler Recognition Program and urge member countries to adopt electronic passports, as well as the Public Key Directory to exchange information. necessary to authenticate those passports, “he added.
The President and CEO of the WTTC highlighted the joint work with all relevant and relevant industry stakeholders, including ICAO, IATA and the World Economic Forum, with whom it has been agreed to implement biometric systems that are interoperable, aligned and can be used by the traveler at each stage of his journey from the booking of the trip, at the airport, boarding, car rental, check-in at hotels and at other key points.
“Over the past year, through our ‘Seamless Traveler Journey’ program, we have consulted more than 200 industry stakeholders and found more than 53 different biometric technology initiatives and trials in the industry. The scope of this work is vital and necessary. There will never be a single biometric technology to cover the entire trip, but we must aim for interoperability where each company or industry chooses the preferred technology that can interact without problems with any other part of the journey, “he said.
Finally, Gloria Guevara Manzo congratulated the aviation industry as it is a world leader in the adoption of biometric technology in travel, and ICAO establishes standards for aviation. “I welcome the efforts of ICAO and I urge all member countries to take all necessary measures to accelerate the adoption of the digital identity of the traveler and, subsequently, the biometric processes,” he concluded.