The EU’s digital COVID-19 certification will boost customer confidence and expand the travel and tourism sector across Europe, World Travel and Tourism (WTTC) believes, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to WTTC Senior Vice President Virginia Messina, this document should help restore safe international travel, restore lost jobs, and gradually revive the tourism sector, which will be critical to economic recovery worldwide.
Messina also called on the EU Commission and its institutions to adopt the document quickly and indicated that EU member states must align their approach through policy coordination in order to avoid fragmentation and confusion for travelers, who need simple guidelines of rules and regulations to facilitate travel during this difficult time.
“The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global travel and tourism sector has wiped out millions of jobs and has seen its contribution to GDP decline. The lives of millions of people who depend on this sector have been turned upside down by the pandemic, causing stress,” Messina said. Big and worried.
She also said the World Trade Center is optimistic that the new EU COVID-19 digital vaccination passport will be a leap of faith to safely reopen a vital sector for millions of jobs, livelihoods and economies of nations.
Previously, the WTTC welcomed the submission of the European COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Passport by Germany, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Croatia, Poland and the Czech Republic, which were the first countries to do so, one month ahead of the EU’s July 1 deadline.
“The WTTC is pleased with the news that Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Denmark, Croatia and Poland have launched the new digital COVID certification well before the launch of the program planned for July 1 across the 27-nation bloc,” Messina said at the time.
The organization has been an active voice to promote travel certification, and has called on governments of EU countries to adopt such a document in order to create safe and free movement amid the ongoing pandemic.
The WTTC previously reported that about 3.8 trillion euros were lost during the pandemic, according to the Council’s annual Economic Impact Report (EIR) submitted on March 25, 2021.
The report also revealed that the travel sector’s contribution to global GDP fell to about 4 trillion euros in 2020, or 5.5 percent of the global economy, from about 7.8 trillion euros compared to 2019, or 10.4 percent.
The majority of losses in the economy last year were due to tourism suffering due to travel restrictions and quarantines.