The World Travel & Tourism Council worked with governments, health experts and industry associations to establish effective global recovery protocols for each travel industry sector to ensure that people are and feel safe. While travelers’ safety cannot be 100% guaranteed, it’s paramount to have common rules and consistent practices throughout the travel experience.
The WTTC’s Global Protocols for the New Normal align the private sector behind common standards to ensure the safety of its workforce and travelers as the industry shifts to a new normal.
IITA worked with the WTTC to adapt the protocols for tour operators to ensure that protocols are in place across all tour functions with an increased focus on health, hygiene, and reduction of physical contact.
While it is essential that each industry within the Travel & Tourism sector develops clear and practical protocols so as to enable the sector’s recovery, such an approach is even more important for tour operators given their dependence on other tourism entities such as destinations, airlines, hotels, transportation, travel insurance as well as government policies such as border restrictions, as tour operators are often responsible for guests throughout their journey.
Global Safety Stamp to Recognize Safe Travels Protocols
The specially designed stamp will allow travelers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels.’
IITA Members interested in applying for the stamp, must:
- Implement the relevant WTTC protocols. Organizations that have developed their own protocols must ensure they align with the WTTC protocols (or they may need to be reviewed by the WTTC).
- Agree to the IITA Terms and Conditions and WTTC Terms and Conditions.
- Promote on social media, using the hashtag #SafeTravels.
- Add the stamp to your website, emails, marketing and communications, etc.
If you would like to apply, please contact Headquarters@inboundtravel.org for an application.
Please note that while the protocols take into account current WHO and CDC guidelines, they are living documents which we will update as new information becomes available about COVID-19.