Posted: Monday, December 21, 2020. 3:39 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Belize was recently added to the list of countries that have adopted the Safe Travel Stamp (STS) initiative launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC), reports Hospitality.net.
The STS, which has the backing of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO) serves as an indicator to travelers that participating destinations have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols for them to experience ‘Safe Travels’.
In a recently published article, Hospitality.net notes that a total of 200 countries have adopted the STS, with the most recent additions being Chile, U.S. Virgin Islands, Belize, Dominica, Nicaragua, and Uzbekistan.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, explained that the stamp shows all 200 of these global destinations are working together to help rebuild consumer confidence worldwide – and revive the international Travel & Tourism sector.
“Travellers will be able to recognize the destinations which have adopted the new set of global protocols, encouraging the return of ‘Safe Travels’ around the world,” Guevara said.
On the occasions of Belize adopting the STS, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, Anthony Mahler said that Belize is “delighted” to be recognized through the WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp and that the country’s highest priority has been and remains the health and safety of our guests, following the devastating effects of the COVID pandemic.
“Within this context, we have implemented extensive health and safety protocols as part of a Gold Standard Recognition Program for accommodations, tour operators and other industry partners. The WTTC’s Stamp is a milestone achievement for Belize and is truly a strong testament of Belize’s unwavering commitment to an environment that is safe, secure and provides an authentic and meaningful experience to our visitors,” Malher said.
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