WTTC grants ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ to OTOAI
The Voice of Chandigarh News| Travel Trade Reporter
OTOAI (Outbound Tour Operators Association of India) has recently joined the list of Global Travel Trade Associations to have been grated the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp. Achieving the Safe Travels Stamp is not an easy task as there are a bunch of protocols to be followed and commitments and criteria to be met. OTOAI has become the second Association in India to receive the prestigious accreditation.
While it is essential that each industry within the Travel & Tourism sector develops clear and practical protocols so as to enable the sector’s recovery, the approach of receiving a Safe Travels Stamp is even more important for tour operators given their dependence on other tourism entities such as destinations, airlines, hotels, transportation, travel insurance as well as government policies such as border restrictions, as tour operators are often responsible for guests throughout their journey.
“As a user of the stamp, OTOAI will have the opportunity to assume the role of a Safe Travel Ambassador for its members, advocating the implementation of the Safe Travels protocols and the uptake of the Safe Travel stamp to the association members and ensure their ongoing compliance with the said protocols. We are delighted to receive this accreditation and will ensure that all of our members too follow the protocols and get the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp,” said Riaz Munshi, President, OTOAI.
For the purpose of alignment across industries within the Travel & Tourism sector, WTTC has divided the protocols in four pillars namely – Operational and Staff Preparedness; Delivering a Safe Experience; Rebuilding Trust & Confidence and Implementing Enabling Policies. A detailed document mentioning the protocols and procedures has been put up on the OTOAI website for the members to observe and follow. For those needing any kind of assistance, OTOAI office bearers are available round the clock.