The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently launched a Destination Tracker, a new free online tool for governments to provide information on Covid-19 requirements for travel and the measures in place at the destination.
In preparation for the restart of international travel, the organizations have joined efforts to boost confidence and accelerate recovery of the tourism sector when borders reopen.
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 roll out by destination/country.
– Air Travel Regulations, including test and quarantine requirements, provided by IATA’s Timatic solution.
– Destination Measures, including general health and safety requirements such as use of masks, transit through a country, curfew, or regulations related to restaurants and attractions, provided by national tourism organizations.
According to the UNWTO, the Destination Tracker will fulfil a key need by providing clarity on Covid-19 measures affecting tourism.
“The situation for travelers is complex with UNWTO data showing that one in three destinations remains closed to tourists. Moreover, restrictions and in-country measures are continuously being revised,” the organization said.
Governments can use the Destination Tracker to post Covid-19 travel information so that potential travelers will know what to expect at their destination.
When fully populated with updated 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. Up-to-date information on Covid-19 indicators and air travel regulations is available and systematically updated. Destination information is being progressively uploaded, expanded and updated with official sources as the Covid-19 situation evolves.
The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker builds 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 progress already made towards achieving greater sustainability and resilience.