Despite the ongoing pandemic and having the world’s longest lockdown, the Philippines has obtained the “Safe Travels” stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
This means that the country has gained approval as a trusted global destination that follows strict health and hygiene protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read: Your Ultimate Guide Before You Visit Boracay, Baguio, or Rizal Park)
“We welcome the Philippines, an incredible destination and home to some of the world’s most beautiful islands, as our 100th destination as well as other popular destinations around the globe such as Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, and Kenya,” WTTC president and chief executive officer Gloria Guevara said in a statement.
She added that the 100 destinations which use the stamp—the Philippines being the 100th—are working together to help rebuild consumer confidence worldwide.
Safe Travels Stamp
The WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp is the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp. It was launched at the height of the pandemic to help travelers recognize destinations around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols. (Read: Malaysia Imposes Travel Ban on PH Due to Rising COVID-19 Cases)
The stamp marks eligible establishments such as hotels, airlines, restaurants, attractions, and transportation that are fit to serve customers according to a world-class standard.
Reviving the Tourism Industry
The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrated the recognition and vowed to keep up its sustainability and safety programs to revive the tourism industry.
According to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the department has intensified accreditation of establishments. They are also ensuring that those accredited establishments have undergone a thorough inspection and assessment. (Read: RedDoorz PH Launches Certification Program to Ensure Hotel Safety)
“The DOT is one with the global tourism industry in prioritizing health and safety of travelers. In support of this shared advocacy, we will constantly improve our protocols, to make sure that our stakeholders, communities, and workers in the Philippines that rely on tourism can resume their livelihood safely once travel restrictions are eased,” Puyat said.
The DOT has released its own ‘new normal’ health protocols for Philippine establishments as the economy gradually reopens.