The Bahamas has been recognized as a safe travel destination by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), a statement from the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) revealed, explaining that the country has met the global body’s Safe Travels protocols.
The WTTC revealed on its website that the Safe Travels Stamp was developed in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic to help restore confidence among the traveling public.
It added that its published protocols will cover hospitality, attractions, outdoor retail, aviation, airports, short-term rentals, cruises, tour operators, convention centers and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), car rental and insurance.
“Having developed these protocols specifically to rebuild the traveler’s confidence and to ensure that there is a coordinated public and private sector approach to the recovery efforts of the global tourism industry, the WTTC awarded The Bahamas the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp,” the TDC statement noted.
Chief Executive Officer of the TDC Janet Johnson said in the statement that the return of visitor confidence is key to the revitalization of the country’s economy.
“The Safe Travels Stamp will allow those traveling to regain the necessary confidence and comfort as global standards are being met on each of the islands, as restrictions are gradually lifted,” said Johnson.
Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said in the statement that establishments wishing to display the WTTC’s stamp will have to ensure they meet the established protocols.
“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, “D’Aguilar said.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the WTTC Gloria Guevera said in the TDC release that the stamp has already proven successful for destinations and travelers.
“More than 40 countries and 10 sub-regions are already utilizing the stamp as part of the relaunching strategies of their tourism industries,” said Guevera.
According to the WTTC, its Safe Travels protocols take World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines into account.
The TDC noted it will be communicating with all stakeholders in the tourism industry about their responsibilities as approved businesses and the ensuing benefits.
“It is really gratifying to note that our implemented protocols and measures as part of the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan and the Sustainable Tourism Seal of Approval program developed in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank, have met the enhanced standards of the WTTC and enabled our designation as a Safe Travels destination,” D’Aguilar said.