The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the sector, as well as the world, greatly impacted. Throughout this time, we have worked closely with sector associations, our members, and also Governments to restart the Travel & Tourism sector.
Each week, we:
- hold weekly calls with all the key associations in the sector including; Airports Council International (ACI), Cruise Lines International Association(CLIA), Duty Free World Council (DFWC), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), U.S. Travel Association (USTA) and World Economic Forum (WEF).
- hold weekly calls with our WTTC members, during which governments across the world have been presenting what they are doing in their countries to help restart the sector.
- participate in webinars alongside associations, governments, and our members discussing recovery and restart.
We have sent a number of letters calling for coordination between governments including one signed by 120 leaders in the Travel & Tourism sector, click here to view the letters.
In May, due to the need for a globally coordinated approach to recovery, we launched the SafeTravels Protocols and Stamp. Destinations and associations as well as the private sector have embraced the initiative, with requests from destinations & associations coming in daily.
During June, we worked with Oxford Economics to look at different recovery scenarios for the Travel & Tourism sector and the economic impact from COVID-19. These were updated in November to coincide with the changes in the pandemic. Click here to view them.
In addition, we started our #TogetherInTravel campaign, to encourage the sharing of travel stories. As a community, we encourage the world to fill social media with stories, images, videos, and more to keep the spirit of travel well and truly alive, as well as looking at the social impact of the sector.
Throughout the pandemic, we have been looking at the trends of the sector and have been tracking on our Travel Demand Recovery Dashboard which can be viewed here.
Take a look at our information hubs, initiatives, webinars, and press releases to see how we are working to restart the Travel & Tourism sector: