WTTC and ALTA emphasize that quarantines and border closures do not help restore tourist confidence at a time when travel needs to be encouraged. As WTTC President Gloria Guevara denounces, “painting an entire country with the same brush benefits no one at this time.
The president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Gloria Guevara, urges governments to consider local blockades rather than closing the borders of an entire nation. “Painting an entire country with the same brush benefits no one at this time,” she said during the virtual seminar ‘The Future of Global Travel and Tourism’, which she organized together with the Air Transport Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (ALTA).
From both entities they emphasize that quarantines and border closures do not help to restore the confidence of tourists, at a time when travel needs to be encouraged. Thus, Guevara has highlighted the importance of standardizing internationally recognized health and hygiene measures that allow travelers to regain the confidence to consume a product or hire a service again.
The president of the WTTC has detailed that the pandemic puts at risk of disappearance up to 197 million jobs around the world, of which 6.1 million correspond to the Latin American and Caribbean region. Therefore, she proposes four actions for the recovery of Tourism: the opening of borders and the elimination of barriers; the carrying out of tests for the control of the pandemic; the adoption of hygiene and sanitation protocols; and finally, government support for workers in the sector and businesses.
The recovery of the aviation sector will take between five and six years
On his part, ALTA’s director and CEO, José Ricardo Botelho, explained during his speech that the pandemic has represented a significant decrease in passenger transportation throughout the region. Thus, he detailed that only in April and May, the reduction of air operations has been of the order of 95%, with great losses for the industry.
Botelho believes that the recovery of the air sector could take, on average, between five and six years, so that until 2025 the region will see levels similar to those reported during 2019. Therefore, he advocates the elimination of travel barriers between countries, without neglecting the control measures of the pandemic in order to build confidence in travelers. Similarly, it has highlighted the fundamental work that has been done with the public and private sectors to achieve coordinated and harmonized protocols along the tourism chain.