The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board on Tuesday announced that the destination has received the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The stamp of approval denotes the Turks and Caicos Islands’ existing safety protocols align with the core requirements established by the WTTC, along with governments and health experts, which are designed to standardize safe travel.
“We are pleased to receive the Safe Travels Stamp from the WTTC and feel certain this certification of our hygiene and safety protocols, combined with our TCI Assured program, will further build upon traveler confidence in safely visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Pamela Ewing, Director of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board.
“Our Safe Travels stamp is proving a great success and we are delighted to see even more popular countries and destinations adopt our global health and hygiene protocols,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and CEO. “The success of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp shows its importance not only to countries and destinations but also, crucially, to travelers and the 330 million people around the world who work in and depend on, travel and tourism sector.”
The WTTC health and safety guidelines were developed to adhere to precise guidelines from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Safe Travels initiative has also received the recognition and support of the United National World Tourism Organization.
To achieve the Safe Travels Stamp, the Turks and Caicos Islands ensured its safety guidelines aligned with the WTTC’s core requirements, including specific protocols taken behind the scenes and when welcoming guests. These include, but are not limited to, urging proper physical distancing, enforcing capacity limits, ensuring proper hand washing techniques and sanitation, among other core ‘Safe Travels’ requirements.
The Turks and Caicos Island Tourist Board encourages travelers to consider the Safe Travels vacation destination for 2020 and 2021. The Islands’ award-winning hotels and resorts, private villas, restaurants and bars, and tour operators have reopened and are accepting bookings.