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WTN temporarily suspends the Safer Tourism Seal


World Tourism Network (WTN) is temporarily suspending awarding the Safer Tourism Seal. Current applications will be worked on after the seal program is resumed.

Safer Tourism Seal started with an initiative by the discussion group and is now part of the newly established World Tourism Network.

WTN president Juergen Steinmetz said: “With COVID-19 infections increasing dramatically in many countries, it would not be responsible to continue with the Safer Tourism Seal initiative. The seal was mostly awarded and based on self-assessment, and never meant to be a guarantee for safety, but an encouragement.”

“WTN will resume issuing Safer Tourism Seal in the future, and once we feel the time is appropriate. “

“We also encourage similar initiatives by other organizations or entities to take a more conservative approach .”

The Tourism Hero award by World Tourism Network will continue to honor those that go beyond expectations and to make a difference to the travel and tourism industry. There is no cost to nominate anyone or to receive the award. More information:

The World Tourism Network is a network of more than 1000 travel professionals in 124 countries. WTN was officially launched last week.
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