WTTC: Let’s not block all travels, let’s catch infected tourists – TOURISM Trends


The rushes should not limit arrivals based on which country the tourist will enter from, but will focus on the travelers themselves and identify risk groups responsible for the spread of the coronavirus among them, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calls on governments to abandon the logic of regulating the rules of foreign entry. Instead of taking the country from which the tourist will come as a determinant, they should focus on the travelers themselves. It is among them that the risk groups must be identified. This would both take care of security and restore business and private journeys.

In this context, WTTC proposes to introduce fast, inexpensive and effective exit and entry tests for all travelers. This way only people infected with the coronavirus would be isolated, others could move freely. Sanitary regimes and masks are still needed.

A country-based risk assessment is neither effective nor productive, says WTTC CEO Gloria Guevara. Changing attitudes and focusing on the individual traveler will be the basis for the restoration of safe tourism. We need to learn from previous experiences and crises such as the 9/11 attacks, he adds.

According to the president, it is impossible to label whole countries as a risky area, because it suggests that everyone in it is infected. He cites the UK as an example, although it is considered a high-risk country, not all who live there are sick with covid-19. The same goes for Americans, Spaniards or French.

It is actually more complex. Not only is society stigmatized, but it also holds back travel and movement, while many people who have evidenced negative test results on departure and arrival could safely travel and not transmit the virus, ” he added.

Guevara emphasizes that the implementation of such a system and the use of technology is the only solution for restoring tourism. In addition, the research program will be tighter compared to the economic impact of total detentions and quarantines.

The president of the WTTC argues that it is necessary to learn how to deal with the virus, because it will be some time before entire populations are vaccinated. Rows must also find a balance between the protection of public health and the state of the global economy. In the case of the tourism sector, there are 174 million jobs that could be affected by the pandemic.

According to the WTTC’s 2019 report on the economic importance of tourism, revenues from the sector amounted to $ 8.9 trillion (10.3 percent of global GDP). Every tenth employee works in the industry, which translates into 330 million jobs.


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