In a presentation to G20 ministers of tourism, the president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Gloria Guevara made it clear that clear rules and a protocol to restart international mobility is to the sustainable and long-term recovery of the global travel and tourism.
The ministers were gathered to discuss the G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism.
Guevara told them that: “The guidelines address the importance of sustainability, safe mobility and how we collectively manage future crises while maintaining our resilience and focusing on the digital transition to enable a more seamless travel experience. These priorities are aligned with those of the private sector.”
And the WTTC’s boss continued: “… We must not lose sight of the fact that we are not out of the crisis yet, and urgent action is needed now to save the 62 million jobs lost globally last year, with many millions more still at risk.”
Guevara said: “We need clear rules and agreements amongst countries to safely restore international mobility, which will in turn enable the return of safe international travel and bring back millions of jobs. It will also protect a sector which will be instrumental in powering the global economic recovery.”
And she pointed out that: “The private sector remains committed to working with the public sector to ensure a swift recovery, which has been significantly boosted by the vaccine rollout. However, there is still much work to be done with many parts of the world still suffering from the pandemic.”