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Published on Monday, June 8, 2020

Destinations sign up to WTTC safety stamp

Turkey, Portugal, Mauritius and other popular holiday destinations have signed up to the world's first ever global safety and hygiene stamp, launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

WTTC designed the special Safe Travels stamp to help travellers identify destinations and businesses around the world that have adopted specific health and hygiene protocols in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) also embraced the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, which relates to health, hygiene, deep cleansing and social distancing.

Since the launch last week, Turkey, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Mauritius, Ontario (Canada), Portugal, Saudi Arabia and the Mexican destinations of Baja California Sur and Yucatan, have now adopted WTTC's new protocols.

City destinations which have also been given the stamp of approval include Barcelona, Cancun, Madrid and Seville.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and CEO, said: "The number of global destinations adopting our private sector protocols is growing at a rapid pace and it's hugely gratifying and shows the success and importance of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp.

"The stamp is vital to re-establish worldwide consumer confidence in travel and tourism and so travellers can be sure that enhanced standards of hygiene are in place for them to be able to travel safely.

"As WTTC health and hygiene protocols, affecting hotels, restaurants, airports, cruise lines, tour operators, restaurants, outdoor shopping and transportation are implemented, so the list of destinations recognising the new stamp also continues to grow.

"We thank these destination countries and cities for stepping forward to help ensure the speedy recovery of the travel and tourism sector and look forward to welcoming more destinations in the days and weeks ahead as our desire to travel continues to revive."

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