This Wednesday, Ecuador received the Safe Travels seal granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC, for its acronym in English). 80 countries around the world already have this distinction and it has been designed to allow travelers to recognize governments and companies that have adopted standardized health and hygiene protocols and thus have a ‘Safe Travel’.
The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and is slowly seeking to reactivate itself.
“We have designed the seal with the objective of contributing to the responsible and safe reopening of tourism,” said Maribel Rodríguez, senior vice president of the WTTC and who made the official delivery of the seal.
The Ministry of Tourism explained, through a statement, that there was an analysis of more than two months of the protocols developed and implemented in Ecuador. In addition, he added the decision to eliminate preventive isolation for those who enter the country with a negative PCR test result.
Minister Rosi Prado said that the seal is a letter of introduction to the world that will help the country to reactivate, in a continuous work between the public and private sectors; national and international entities; authorities and businessmen.
Countries like Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, Egypt, Indonesia and more already have this distinction.
The Council’s portal details that the Safe Travels seal is based on a self-assessment and is not a certification. “The countries, destination authorities and companies that use the seal have confirmed that they have implemented and will guarantee continued compliance with the ‘Safe Travels’ protocols and the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) ‘Takeoff’ guidelines”, it is precise.