Once a relatively invisible part of the guest experience, health and safety standards have been thrust into the spotlight as the travel industry prepares to resume operations in the wake of Covid-19. This is just highlights of some of the enhancements being implemented.
COVID-19 has upended the traditional dynamic of traveler loyalty. While travelers used to rack up points to determine the level of service they experienced, health, hygiene and safety is the new currency for earning customer trust. Travel companies have been quick to act.
Safe Travels: Global Safety Stamp to Recognise Safe Travels Protocols.. The specially designed stamp will allow travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world which have adopted the SafeTravels health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.
The U.S. Travel Association has launched a new Travel Confidently Toolkit featuring industry guidance for promoting the health and safety of all travelers, including enhanced sanitation, redesigned public spaces, improved health screening measures and much more.
Airports around the world have had to step up health and safety measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic over the past year. The Safe Travel Barometer looks at more than 30 initiatives across three sub-categories—COVID-19 safety protocols, traveler convenience and service excellence—for hundreds of airports around the world, including things like coronavirus testing facilities, disinfection frequency, thermal screening and more. Here's a look at the top-performing U.S. airports as of February 2021. The Pandemic has given rise to airline health safety ratings! Rating services include websites Skytrax, Safe Travel Barometer and the aptly named Airline Ratings.
Expanding electrostatic spraying to all aircraft before departure, in addition to the extensive cleaning measures already in place to sanitize high-touch areas before every flight and the use of state-of-the-art air circulation systems with HEPA filters on many Delta aircraft that extract more than more than 99.999% of viruses.
Cruise ships have been actively working with the CDC to ensure they are in strict compliance with government safety regulations once the No-Sail Order is lifted on July 24th.
All cruise ships have stepped up their cleaning and disinfecting before every voyage in accordance with company protocols developed in partnership with the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program. Many cruise ships are upgrading their air filters to HEPA medical-grade air filtration systems that eliminate 99.95 percent of airborne pathogens. Enhanced screening, temperature checks and on-board medical care will be required for every cruise ship moving forward. Service changes have also been made to ensure responsible social distancing including limiting capacity and staggered check-ins.
Changes that you might see on cruise lines:
Reduce passenger capacity and limit guest counts in public areas.
Touchless temperature checks throughout each cruise to identify potential health issues. The checks will occur upon returning to the ship from a port of call, prior to all meals in dining venues and all activities in public venues, and before disembarkation.
Ships will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to every cruise with standards developed in partnership with the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program
Use electrostatic sprayers
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Flexibility at mealtime
The Travel Corporation plans to add “wellbeing directors” to all group trips operating under its Trafalgar, Luxury Gold and Insight Vacations brands. The wellbeing directors will make sure guests, staff and suppliers are following health and safety protocols aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.
United States Tour Operators Association and other major tour associations set guidelines for resuming safe operations, some of the protocols are:
World Travel & Tourism Council unveils “Safe Travels” Stamp – The stamp allows travelers to identify which destinations around the world have adopted standardized global health and hygiene protocols so they can experience “Safe Travels.” This landmark move by WTTC also received the backing of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Safe Travels stamp has been received by: Turkey, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Mauritius, Ontario, Croatia, Ecuador and Ghana, Cañada, Portugal, Saudi Arabia Egypt, Slovenia, Ukraine, Iceland, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Colombia and Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Portugal, Maldives, and the Mexican destinations of Baja California Sur and the Yucatan.
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has endorsed the Airport Health Accreditation program, which the global trade group Airports Council International (ACI) inaugurated last week. With the program, the ACI is seeking to set consistent global standards for airport health measu
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