On 30 November, the international conference on the recovery of global Travel & Tourism hosted by The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Government of Spain took place on the island of La Palma to discuss key measures needed for the restart of international tourism.
The hybrid conference aimed to establish actions and commitments to recover international travel. The event saw leaders from the industry both from the public and private sector participated, covering 95 countries and more than 100 Travel & Tourism companies. The event was organized as a result of WTTC’s call for the leaders of G7+Spain, South Korea and Australia for an agreement at the highest level, to save the sector and the millions of jobs that depend on it.
After the discussions, the ‘La Palma Declaration’ has been signed by all key parties. The declaration proposes key recommendations including the adoption of international protocols for COVID-19 tests prior departure and acceptance of results upon arrival at destination. The establishment of health control measures will help shorten quarantine periods or could lead to eliminating quarantines completely.
For the recovery of leisure and business travel, the ‘La Palma Declaration’ proposes international agreements to implement international travel corridors between countries or cities with similar epidemiological situations.
It also includes the adoption of new tools to facilitate and stimulate travels, such as offering flexibility for bookings, payment terms, or affordable or higher value products to incentivize domestic and international travel.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “This is a historic meeting, and will be fundamental to restarting international travel through close collaboration that will result in the implementation of key measures that will be necessary to recover millions of jobs.”
The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, said that the results of this conference will benefit millions of families and businesses around the world.
He said: “The priority is to make it possible to restart international travel and to do so, we must use new tools available, such as more accessible and reliable diagnostic tests so that international travel ensures safety”.