The World Tourism & Travel Council (WTTC) has awarded The Czech Republic an international mark called “Safe Travels Stamp”. This means that the Czech Republic and companies in it meet the required standards for safe travels. If you are considering countries that are currently save to travel to for tourism, then you may want to consider the Czech Republic.
The documents from the Czech Chamber of Commerce, professional associations, and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic show that the country and travel and tourism companies in it have developed a set of preventive safety and hygiene recommendations for individual tourism sectors. The CzechTourism National Tourism Office applied for the mark for the Czech Republic.
The Minister for Regional Development, Klára Dostálová, mentioned that “It’s great that today’s World Tourism Day is celebrated by the Czech Republic with the Safe Travels Stamp. I believe that the status of a safe tourist destination, by which the Czech Republic and Czech companies meeting Safe Travels standards will present themselves abroad, will bring other foreign tourists to the Czech Republic, “
According to WTTC, the specially designed Save Travel 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’. Eligible companies such as hotels, restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, attractions, short-term rentals, car rentals, outdoor shopping, transportation, and airports, will be able to use the stamp once the health and hygiene protocols, outlined by WTTC, have been implemented.”
Entrepreneurs and associations in tourism can apply for the Safe Travels mark from 1 October 2021 via the registration form on the CzechTourism agency’s website. Here you will also find recommendations and the resulting principles, rules and conditions of using the Safe Travels mark for individual industries (eg retail stores, hotels, restaurants, saunas, swimming pools, golf courses, cinemas, cable cars and others), which undertakes to comply with by submitting the form. The granting and use of the Safe Travels mark is free of charge. Compliance with binding health and hygiene standards in operations and companies will be carried out by an external supplier in the form of mystery shopping.
“Like the Open forever initiative, the Safe Travels Stamp is based on a system of self-regulation,” says Jan Herget, director of CzechTourism, adding: “Both our projects will help not only to remain open forever, but also to attract foreign tourists. If you look at the booking portals today, you will see that some hotels already have the Safe Travels mark embedded in their profiles. Therefore, I believe that obtaining the mark will be an important competitive advantage for Czech entrepreneurs. “
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