World Travel & Tourism Council launches ‘Safe Travels’ protocols for MICE industry

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the second phase of measures aimed at rebuilding global consumer confidence to encourage the return to travel.

According to the private sector’s peak tourism body, the latest protocols are designed to drive the return of safe travel and enable convention centres, meetings and events to thrive once again.

Some of the measures recommended by WTTC for the MICE sector include:

  • Implementing physical distancing for seating distribution and aisles, utilising government guidance if available, and creating visual support to show intent as appropriate.
  • Reducing venue capacity limits for participants as appropriate and required by local legislation.
  • Distinguishing between different areas of risk in the venue.
  • Considering pre-arrival risk assessment questionnaire for participants.
  • Limiting physical interaction and possible queuing at reception and registration using advance registration to enhance participant flow.
  • Creating isolation units outside the venue where possible for those showing COVID-19 symptoms.

The WTTC’s latest round of protocols also covered the aviation industry and tour operators. You can read more about all of the measures here.

Last month, the WTTC unveiled its landmark new global safety stamp to encourage safe travels and the reopening of the travel and tourism sector, off the back of the release of the council’s protocols for hospitality and outdoor retail.

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