“This is an unprecedented crisis that requires unprecedented support and leadership,” said Gloria Guevara, president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) after the letter they signed and addressed to the heads of state of the ten most relevant issuing markets for the sector: the G7 plus Spain, Australia and South Korea.
“We are convinced that global leaders can rescue and move the world forward from this crisis, acting in an effective and coordinated manner, which will allow us to recover more than 120 million jobs and lives affected,” said Gloria Guevara.
“We urge the heads of state of these ten nations to convene a COVID-19 global summit to define a plan and unify measures to restore tourism and travel. An action plan is needed that will have a positive and immediate impact for the benefit of the millions of people who depend on our sector. The World Travel and Tourism Council, its leaders and the entire global private sector are committed to working together to solve the worst crisis of our generation,” said Guevara Manzo.
The petition focuses on four points
The use of masks is mandatory for all means of transport and enclosures or spaces where physical distance cannot be respected.
Invest in fast, effective, cheap PCR tests with results in less than 90 minutes to be applied in a coordinated way before an international trip and to coordinate in the registration of contacts that is consistent and unified. Fast, reliable pre-departure testing will help ensure that healthy travelers travel smoothly.
Quarantine or isolation only for positive cases, replace generalized quarantine by nationality with isolation only of positive cases of infected people, and in some cases apply a second test after five days if necessary.
Reinforce the implementation of global protocols and standard measures that will help restore travellers’ confidence and provide greater certainty.
The WTTC 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 many others.
WTTC reported that the Government of Spain responded and offered to lead this initiative, which “should have an impact beyond the 10 key markets they have identified, and involve other relevant countries, including EU member states and Asian countries”. He also appointed the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González, to lead the Spanish contribution.
Through a statement, WTTC highlighted “the prompt response” of President Sanchez and believes that timely action by the international community will save the tourism sector, which is critical to the process of global economic recovery.