WTTC Awards Belize with a “Safe Travels” Destination Stamp

by Carolee Chanona

World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) completes 200 Safe travel destinations milestone with Chile, U.S. Virgin Islands, Belize, Dominica, Nicaragua, and Uzbekistan being the recent signatories to the Safe Travels stamp. The Safe Travels stamp is the world’s first global safety and hygiene mark that indicates if the destination has adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols laid by WTTC. Additionally, the protocols follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Over 200 Destinations Receive WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp

Commenting on the achievement, Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO said, “We are delighted to see our Safe Travels is proving so successful and is being adopted by destinations from all corners of the globe. Reaching this incredible milestone, with 200 destinations around the world now proudly holding our Safe Travels stamp, is testimony to the hard work which has been put in to make the stamp work for both destinations and holidaymakers.”

In May this year, the stamp was launched to boost travellers’ confidence and revive the global Travel & Tourism sector, which dwindled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following its launch in May this year, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) highly popular Safe Travels stamp has now been adopted by 200 destinations worldwide.

“The stamp shows all 200 of these global destinations are working together to help rebuild consumer confidence worldwide – and revive the international Travel & Tourism sector. Travellers will be able to recognise the destinations which have adopted the new set of global protocols, encouraging the return of ‘Safe Travels’ around the world.”

Belize recognized by WTTC for “Safe Travels”

aerial drone pic Caye Caulker split

The split at Caye Caulker

Expressing his views on Belize’s recognition as a Safe travel destination, Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, Belize said, “Belize is delighted to be recognized through the WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp. Following the devastating effects of the COVID pandemic, my country’s highest priority has been and remains our guests’ health and safety.  We have implemented extensive health and safety protocols as part of a Gold Standard Recognition Program for accommodations, tour operators, and other industry partners within this context. The WTTC’s Stamp is a milestone achievement for Belize. It is truly a strong testament of Belize’s unwavering commitment to an environment; [one] which is safe, secure, and provides an authentic and meaningful experience to our visitors!”

This initiative also received the support of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Its widespread adoption by WTTC’s members indicates their priority to ensure the travelers’ health and safety. WTTC’s Crisis Readiness report analyzed 90 different types of crises in the last 20 years; it indicates the importance of public-private cooperation and the implementation of standardized protocols.

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