According to WTTC’s 2020 Economic Impact Report, Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million in total), making a 10.3 percent contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.
WTTC designed the Safe Travels stamp to enable travelers to identify destinations which adopted its health and hygiene global standardized protocols.
The objective is to ensure that protocols are in place with an increased focus on health, safety and social distancing guidance.
WTTC praised the G20 for freezing the debt of the world’s poorest countries as a major step towards enabling them to bolster their health systems.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has put the sector in unprecedented danger of collapse, which is looking increasingly likely unless a global rescue package is agreed to bolster what has become the backbone of the global economy.”
“It’s important to remember that fatality rates remain very low and the chances of contracting the virus are remote if they travel responsibly”
The index measures 50 global gateway cities into one of five levels of ‘readiness’ and provides actionable solutions to foster sustainable growth.
The 2019 Finalists will be announced in January 2019 and the winners will be announced during next year’s WTTC Global Summit