Safe & Seamless Traveller Journey
WTTC’s latest annual research shows the Travel & Tourism sector experienced 3.5% growth in 2019, outpacing that of the global economy (2.5%) for the ninth consecutive year. The industry has long tried to improve security, reduce fraud, and improve the traveller experience. Seamless Traveller solutions enabled through biometrics, provide the mechanism to increase security while enhancing the traveller experience across the air and non-air touchpoints. Additionally, contactless biometric technology can assist in the prevention of pathogens’ transmission between passengers. WTTC is convening stakeholders from the public and private sectors to come up with innovative solutions that facilitate safe, secure and seamless travel.
WTTC defined its global vision for the Safe & Seamless Traveller Journey; enable a seamless, safe and secure end-to-end traveller journey encompassing both air and non-air traveller touchpoints. Systematic biometric verified identification at each stage of the journey will replace today’s manual identity verifications. These solutions will capitalize on several opportunities including improving the customer experience, creating a frictionless experience at touchpoints, improving security, health safety, and promoting commercial benefits to travel providers.
Significant technological advances, especially in biometrics, have enabled digital identity solutions which are demonstrating strong opportunities to enable verified identities. These verified identities enable the secure, seamless movement and management of travellers across travellers’ air and non-air journey.
If you would like more information on the Safe & Seamless Traveller Journey initiative, contact Helena Bononi Helena.Bononi@wttc.org.
Guidelines for WTTC's Safe & Seamless Traveller Journey - Testing, Tracing and Health Certificates
The newly released guidelines provide governments who require testing, tracing, or receipt of a traveller test/vaccine certificate to reduce the transmission of pathogens with:
- principles and recommendations from the private sector
- opportunity for consistent policies among countries
- alternative policies to eliminate detrimental procedures such as mandatory quarantine periods
Contactless traveller journeys combined with health components, allows travel providers and governments to move travellers more efficiently and safely through checkpoints reducing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus travellers to regain trust and confidence to travel.