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Tourism: Ghana Receives Global Safety and Hygiene Stamp



Ghana has become the latest major destination to receive and use the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp, launched recently by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).


The extensive endorsements have come from many major holiday destinations around the world, with other holiday hot spots such as Turkey, Portugal, Kenya, and Mauritius, joining among many others.


Ghana received its WTTC Safe Travels Stamp after it created a safe environment for its Tourism and Travel practitioners. Ghana put the required protocols in place to create a hygienic and safe destination.


WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, created the Safe Travels Stamp in May this year, to allow travellers to identify destinations and businesses around the world which have adopted the global standardised health and hygiene protocols.


The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) welcomed the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp, which places the safety and hygiene of travellers as top priority.


Since the launch of the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp, destination countries and cities, around the world have now adopted WTTC’s new protocols, including holiday heavyweights such as Tunisia, Indonesia, Egypt, and Dubai.


As part of its Safe Travels protocols, these worldwide measures provide consistency and guidance to travel providers and travellers about the new approach to health, hygiene, deep cleansing and physical distancing, in the ‘new normal’ of COVID-19 world.


The protocols were devised following the experience of WTTC members dealing with COVID19 and based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


According to WTTC’s 2020 Economic Impact Report, during 2019, Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million total), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.


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