Thursday 3 December, 2020

The Bahamas earns WTTC Safe Travels Stamp

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The Bahamas has been recognised as a Safe Travels destination by the World Travel and Tourism Council.

The Tourism Development Corporation said in a statement that despite the challenges, The Bahamas was able to meet the WTTC's enhanced health and safety standards in line with its global Safe Travel Protocols.

The TDC said the protocols that afforded them the privilege of being awarded the Safe Travels Stamp, were specifically designed to rebuild travellers confidence.

The protocols, according to the TDC, will also ensure that there is a coordinated public and private sector approach to the recovery efforts of the tourism industry.

It is especially first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp for Travel and Tourism, especially designed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and for other similar outbreaks. 

The Bahamas, through the TDC, will accrue both benefits and responsibilities as a user of the Safe Travels stamp to maximise its positive impacts.

According to President and CEO of the WTTC, Gloria Guevera: “It is proving a great success, demonstrating its importance not only to destinations and businesses, but also to travellers and the hundreds of millions of people around the world who work in, and depend on, the Travel & Tourism sector."

She said more than 40 countries and 10 sub-regions are already utilising the stamp as part of their re-launching strategies for their respective Tourism industries.

The Safe Travels Protocols take WHO and CDC guidelines into account and are based on self-assessment of the protocols that are implemented in compliance with the Safe Travels Protocols for every aspect of the Industry, with guidelines established for airlines in conjunction with ICAO‘s guidelines during Covid 19.

“The return of the visitor’s confidence to travel to revitalize the economy of The Bahamas is crucial to the well-being of our people and country and as such, the Safe Travels Stamp will allow those travelling to regain the necessary confidence and comfort as global standards are being met on each of the islands, as restrictions are gradually lifted,” said Janet Johnson, CEO of the TDC.

The TDC will communicate with all stakeholders in The Bahamas as to the benefits and responsibilities for every tourism-related business which is given the stamp of approval for its implementation of the Safe Travels protocols and on-going compliance.

Guidelines and protocols for what WTTC calls the “New Normal” have been developed for every sector of Hospitality and Tourism from Airports, Cruise ports, Attractions, Restaurants, Tours, Convention Centres, Car Rental Companies etc.

Tourism Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar said: “When the visitor and also resident sees the Safe Travels stamp at a tourism-related business anywhere in The Bahamas, they will have the comfort level to feel safe and enjoy the destination and the particular experience, knowing that global standards have been met and appropriate protocols implemented."

The TDC has been authorised to ensure that every establishment in The Bahamas wishing to display the WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp has met the programme’s guidelines and standards before receiving the stamp.”

“It is really gratifying toPlane that our implemented protocols and measures as part of the Tourism Readiness and Recovery plan, and the Sustainable Tourism Seal of Approval programme developed in conjunction with the IDB, have met the enhanced standards of the WTTC and enabled our designation as a Safe Travels Destination, “Minister D'Aguilar said.

The WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp will develop the instant recognition required to instil immediate confidence that safety measures have been taken for both resident and visitor alike.

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