(23 Apr 2021)
IATA and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have
created an online tool for governments to provide
information on COVID19 requirements for travel and the measures
in place at the destination.

The Destination Tracker tool is available through the websites of both
organizations and will provide information on:

COVID19 Indicators:
Infection rates,
positivity rates, and vaccination roll out by destination/country;

Air Travel Regulations:
Test and
quarantine requirements, provided by IATA’s Timatic solution;

Destination Measures:
General health
and safety requirements such as use of masks, transit through a
country, curfew, or regulations related to restaurants and
attractions, provided by national tourism organizations.

Governments can use the Destination Tracker to post COVID19 travel information so that potential travelers will know what to expect at their destination. Click to enlarge.

Governments can use the Destination Tracker to
post COVID19 travel information so that potential travelers will
know what to expect at their destination.

When fully populated
with updated destination information, travel stakeholders
including Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and travel
agencies, will be able to obtain the latest destination
information, enabling travelers to make informed decisions when
borders reopen and travel resumes.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said,
“UNWTO is pleased to reinforce its partnership with IATA, an UNWTO
Affiliate Member, to provide this important tool. Travelers and
companies will be able to check requirements in place for air
travel, as well as what measures will be in place at the visited
destination. We trust this tool is also critical for governments
to track existing travel restrictions and support the safe restart
of our sector.”

The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker builds on the
existing partnership between the two parties. In October 2020,
UNWTO and IATA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work
together to restore confidence in international air travel.

“It has been more than a year since the freedom to
travel was lost as COVID19 measures saw borders close,” said
Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director-General. “When governments have the
confidence to re-open borders people will be eager to travel. And
they will need accurate information to guide them. With the
support of national tourism organizations, the UNWTO-IATA
Destination Tracker will help travelers and travel companies
obtain the latest information for travel planning.”

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Editor’s note:
As the above video interview was conducted over the internet, I
would like to apologise that the audio and visual quality are not
up to the same HD/UHD quality that it normally would be. Hopefully it won’t be too
long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews
in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank
you.

See also:

Future of Airline Distribution and NDC – Interview with Yanik
Hoyles, IATA (November 2019).


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