The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) on Friday announced that the Philippines has become the official 100th destination using its ‘Safe Travels’ global safety and hygiene stamp.
The stamp was developed three months ago by the WTTC in order to help restore confidence in travellers and work to revive an ailing Travel & Tourism sector following the crisis created by the coronavirus (Covid-19). It is now also being used by many more major holiday destinations such as the Maldives, Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and Montenegro.
The specially designed stamp enables travellers to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so they can experience ‘Safe Travels’.
The protocols, which have been embraced by over 200 CEO’s including some of the world’s major tourism groups, follow guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as considering best practices from WTTC’s members.
“The success of the Safe Travels stamp shows its importance not only to countries and destinations, but also to travellers and the 330 million people around the world who work in and depend on a thriving the Travel & Tourism sector,” said WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara.
This ‘Safe Travels’ global safety and hygiene stamp by WTTC has also received the backing of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
According to WTTC’s 2020 Economic Impact Report, during 2019, Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million total), making a 10.3 percent contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.
The WTTC’s protocols can be downloaded here: