Port of Spain, Trinidad – Monday July 26, 2021 – Destination Trinidad has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) “Safe Travels” Stamp – certification that the island has been upholding the highest standards of health and safety and demonstrating that we are adhering to global health protocols. The Safe Travels Stamp was developed as the first of its kind to help restore travellers’ confidence and revive a Covid-19 stricken global travel and tourism industry. The WTTC selected Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) to administer the “Safe Travels” Stamp in Trinidad.
As Mrs. Heidi Alert, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Trinidad, explains, “The safety of tourism stakeholders, the public and the international visitor is of paramount importance for rebuilding confidence in Trinidad as a premier Caribbean destination. Everyone now wants to be reassured of the imposition of public health measures across the gamut of the industry and feel confident when visiting our hotels, touring our many sites and attractions, exploring our hiking trails and waterfalls. Wherever the ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ is seen, you can then be assured that they are upholding the highest standards of health and safety and demonstrating adherence to national and global health protocols”.
Launched on the international stage in May 2020, the World Travel and Tourism Council already has over 275 destinations around the world that have already been awarded the coveted “Safe Travels” Stamp; including destinations across the Americas, Europe, the Caribbean (including Tobago), Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific have already been awarded the stamp. Protocols for the program were developed in conjunction with the current World Health Organization (WHO) and Centres for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. The Safe Travels stamp is fast becoming the leading self-assessment certification for governments, tourism bodies, hospitality, and aviation companies as they endeavour to achieve a safe restart for post-pandemic travel.
Tourism Trinidad, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts and other public health safety institutions, will be shortly rolling out a monitoring and auditing program to ensure that local tourism operators are consistently adhering to the prerequisite health and safety protocols.
The Safe Travels stamp adds to Trinidad’s exceptional commitment to tourism health safety as tourism businesses have also been availing themselves of the Healthier Safer Stamp (HST) offered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
The HST Stamp is a measurable and verifiable assurance to travellers of a healthier and safer travel and tourism option. The Healthier Safer Tourism Stamp is granted to touristic entities and destinations that are implementing the recommended proactive Covid-19 health monitoring and safety measures. As of July 26, 2021, thirteen (13) Trinidad tourism businesses have acquired the Healthier Safer Stamp, and these include:
- Cara Suites
- Chez Jeanne Bed and Breakfast
- Coblentz Inn
- Hyatt Regency Trinidad
- Inna Citi Place
- Kiskadee Korner
- Pax Guest House
- Samise Villa
- The Cannons Hotel
- The Chancellor Hotel
- Metro Hotel, Couva
- Café Mariposa
- Trini Riddim Media and Cultural Tours (Formerly Cres-Ent Tours)
Tourism Trinidad, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Tobago Tourism Agency (TTAL), is presently conducting extensive and complimentary familiarisation sessions on the approved national COVID-19 protocols for the industry, covering a wide range of tourism stakeholders to provide a comprehensive understanding of these guidelines for each sub-sector. Thus far, over four hundred (400) persons, from the accommodation, tour operators, community groups and tour guide sub-sectors, have already been trained.
Corporate Communications & Stakeholder Relations Unit
Tourism Trinidad Limited
Level 18, Tower D
International Waterfront Centre
1A Wrightson Road
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, WEST INDIES
Phone: (868) 612-7412 Ext. 1805, 689-5198