UNWTO and IATA have announced a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel.
The initiative is the result of both organisations joining efforts to boost confidence and accelerate recovery for the tourism sector when borders reopen. The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker is a new free online tool which is available through the websites of both organisations. It will provide information on:
- COVID-19 Indicators including infection rates, positivity rates, and vaccination roll out by destination/country;
- Air Travel Regulations, including test and quarantine requirements, provided by IATA’s Timatic solution;
- Destination Measures, including general health and safety requirements, transit through a country, curfew, or regulations related to restaurants and attractions, provided by national tourism organisations.
The Destination Tracker will fulfill a key need by providing clarity on COVID-19 measures affecting tourism. According to UNWTO data, one in three destinations remains closed to tourists. Moreover, restrictions and in-country measures are continuously being revised.
Governments can use the Destination Tracker to post COVID-19 travel information so that potential travellers will know what to expect at their destination. Up-to-date destination information is being progressively uploaded, expanded and updated with official sources as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Travel stakeholders including DMOs and travel agencies, will then be able to obtain the latest destination information, enabling travellers to make their mind. –
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili says the new tool will support the “safe restart of the tourism sector”.