Uzbekistan has joined the list of countries introducing global Safe Travels protocols #Safetravel with the assistance of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector and has introduced a range of new international measures to restart the tourism sector. The project is intended to unite efforts on restoring the tourism field and developing effective action plans in this regard. Protocols correspond to general standards to ensure the safety of both private sector employees and travelers at the same time.
Backed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the protocols follow guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as considering best practices from WTTC’s members.
Based on the above given collaboration and guidelines, the measures have been developed to rebuild confidence among travelers in order to be able to travel safely as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted. The new standards have been designed to reduce risk and encourage the return of Safe Travels and help to set clear expectations of what travellers can experience in the ‘new normal’ as travel restrictions are relieved.
In Uzbekistan, in the process of implementing #Safetravel, the main focus is made on providing new approaches to control human health and hygiene due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures and instructions have been designed for tourism service providers.
“The State Committee for Tourism Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan welcomes and appreciates the efforts of the World Travel and Tourism Council to develop and disseminate information on health and cleanliness measures and has implemented protocols that follow the Safe Travels recommendations, recognizing their importance for generating traveller confidence and global industry alignment, says Aziz Abdukhakimov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chairman of the State Committee for Tourism Development. – Since the beginning of the pandemic, Uzbekistan has developed immediate measures to ensure the safety of all tourists, including compensation mechanisms to cover the expenses for medical treatment for every tourist in case of health problems that visit our country. We are confident that together with our national system “Uzbekistan. Safe travel Guaranteed”, the WTTC Safe Travels protocols will raise safety standards in Uzbekistan to a new level and serve as the basis for the quickest possible revival of international tourism. Uzbekistan welcomes international Travel & Tourism cooperation with governments and international organizations. I believe that, through joint efforts, we will successfully overcome the current difficulties and reach new heights in global tourism development”.
WTTC consists of more than a hundred representatives of the business community from around the world, working in cooperation with government agencies to resolve issues in the tourism industry. Its main task is to demonstrate to governments the importance of the travel industry, which is the largest provider of financial resources and jobs globally. The Council also conducts research on the economic and social impact of tourism and organizes international and regional summits on tourism-related issues and activities.