In a letter addressed to the Heads of State of the ten main outgoing markets (the G7 plus Spain, Australia and South Korea), the WTTC and a large number of companies are asking for a global summit in order to define a plan and unify measures to re-establish tourism and travels.
In addition to the WTTC, the letter was signed by the presidents of companies such as British Airways, Emirates, Iberia, Etihad, Jet2, WestJet and Virgin Atlantic; Accor, Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott, Meliá Hotels, Palladium Hotel Group, IFEMA, Europamundo, Room Hotels& Be Mate, Hotelbeds, Radisson Hotel Group, Iberostar, City Sightseeing Worldwide, Abercrombie & Kent, American Express, Carlson Wagonlit, Expedia, Travelport, TUI AG and Uber, among others.
Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of WTTC, explained that we need “an action plan that will have a positive and immediate impact to benefit the millions of people who depend on our sector”. She added that “the World Travel & Tourism Council, its leaders and the entire worldwide private sector are committed to working together to help resolve the worst crisis of our generation”.
The request contains four main points:
- Mandatory use of face masks on all modes of transport and interior venues and locations where physical distancing is not possible.
- Investment in rapid, effective and low-cost PCR tests with results in under 90 minutes to be applied in a coordinated manner before an international trip and consistent and unified coordination when recording contacts.
- Quarantine or isolation only for positive cases, replace the generalised quarantines by nationality with isolation of only positive cases of infected people and perform in some cases a second test after five days, if necessary.
- Reinforce the implementation of global protocols and standard measures that will help to rebuild traveller confidence and provide better certainty.