THE CERTIFICATION FOR SAFE AND TRUSTED AIRLINE FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION: the future of the airline industry?
How many of us miss the rituals of flying, from the bing-bong of the seat belt sign to binge-watching films on the in-flight entertainment system?
Despite mass vaccination programmes around the world gaining pace and talk of quarantine-free holidays, the prospect of traveling internationally still feels remote for most of us.
And when we do return to the skies, some of us will likely be feeling anxious about being strapped into the enclosed confines of an aircraft cabin for prolonged periods.
While many airlines have revised their schedules or grounded some of their fleets due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, there have still been flights operating across the globe throughout the pandemic.
It’s partially this experience of keeping their aircraft in the air that has led many airlines to develop and adopt stringent safety measures to limit the potential spread of the virus. And, more importantly, make the travelling public feel safe and at ease enough to enjoy flying again in the near future.
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Carrying out in-depth on-site surveys to access just that, the global tourism institution-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE has introduced the first – and so far only – COVID-19 safety certification which is rapidly becoming an industry benchmark. Here’s what the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE looked for.
How are airlines keeping us safe in the sky?
Sitting in close quarters with up to 300 others on an average long-haul flight (or even up to 644 passengers in an Airbus A380) during a global pandemic is enough to make even the bravest of us jittery.
Part of keeping us safe in the air is inherent in the design of modern aircraft.
The plane’s engines help to pump fresh air from outside to recycle and replace stale air inside the cabin every two to three minutes, meaning that there is a new supply of fresh air around 20 times every hour on average.
Modern aircraft are also fitted with filters similar to those in hospitals which help to clean the air of particles as minute as COVID-19, making it arguably one of the safest places to be.
Aircraft design aside, airlines have also adopted certain protocols on board as part of the new routine of flying, including mandatory mask-wearing, blocking out middle seats and providing sanitary kits for use during your flight.
Of course, safety measures aren’t just in place for onboard your flight.
They often begin from the moment you set foot outside the terminal building at most airports.
It’s these measures, too, that EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE has taken a keen interest in when it comes to accessing passenger safety.
What are airlines judged on?
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE is carrying for the beneficiaries airlines an eight to ten days audit on the airline internal and international routes to scrutinise for WHO and ECTT hygiene and safety recommended measures.
The certification is based on how consistently each airline has stuck to its own measures and the effectiveness of each health and safety protocol it has introduced since the start of the pandemic.
These include the use of protective screens and PPE by staff at the airport and onboard flights, social distancing measures, clear signage, the availability of hand sanitiser and replacement masks, cleaning measures and so on.
Over 20 airlines have applied to be reviewed by the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE so far or are awaiting their final certification.
In recognition of Krushevo`s city administration efforts to align with global standards for health, safety and hygiene, the city has been awarded the right to use, for a period of two years, the Safe Destination Certification, from the global tourism institution-European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT).
Created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ECTT`s Safe Tourist Destination enables tourists to recognize destinations that meet international standards for health and safety, allowing visitors to confidently enjoy safe destinations.
Tourism Director Mr. Radu Alexandru led the paperwork and inspection-related tasks leading to the ceremonial awarding for the city of Krusevo which was duly inspected and endorsed by the regional offices concerned.
Mayor of the historical city of Krusevo Mr. Tome Hristoski received the SAFE TOURIST DESTINATION CERTIFICATION crowning his city achievements in combating COVID-19 and ensuring a safe environment for tourists coming to this beautiful part of Macedonia.
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Dr. Radu Alexandru said that while this travel stamp of approval is not required, he encouraged other cities and establishments to apply.
Interested cities in the region can apply for safe travel and destination certification by submitting a letter of intent and application form, and city logo while destinations include the local government unit profile, health and safety-related issuances/ordinances and destination logo.
“This surge of interest is reflective of different cities and regions readiness to adapt to the new normal and desire to be globally recognized as a fun and ‘safe destination’ facility,” he added.
The mayor’s office in Krusevo: the first establishment to receive the CLEAN and SAFE-SEAL for GOOD PRACTICES IN COMBATING COVID-19 CERTIFICATION.
Dr. Radu Alexandru said that as the countries of the world are reopening to foreign tourists, they need to prioritize the restoration of travelers’ confidence.
“We anticipate that parallel initiatives across the globe will hasten the resumption of international travel,” the tourism certification chief said.
“As early as now, we need to prepare our facilities and destinations to be visitor-ready, with health and safety as key concerns.
The ECTT safe destination certification for diverse cities, on top of our accreditation, will hope to restore travelers’ confidence in different zones of Macedonia as a ‘safe and fun’ destinations” he added.
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During the meeting, both leaders responsible for the development of travel and tourism sector will need to implement new measures, such as the ECTT Certification, fortify knowledge sharing and institute careful plans, to ensure that governments and tourism industries can operate safely in the age of COVID-19.
The Global Tourism Institutions (European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy) ECTT alongside members states, governments, experts, diplomats, tourism developers and other industry associations are working together to achieve effective tourism recovery certifications by developing meaningful action plans and activities that will allow for speedy and global recovery for tourism.
Part of our certification efforts includes offering the public & private sectors with the insights & toolkits for interaction & implementation to ensure that people are and feel safe however ECTT, our members and no-one in the travel sector can not guarantee absolute and 100% safety.
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The certification is destined to create a future for the travel industry and tourist alike that is safe, secure, seamless and provides an authentic and meaningful experience to the travelers across their journey`s;
Benefits to Certification for Hotels and Destinations-COVID-19 FREE DESIGNATION
The GOOD PRACTICES IN COMBATING COVID-19/SARS COV-2 CERTIFICATION (COVID-19 FREE HOTEL DESIGNATION) is a conformity assessment by one of our premier accredited auditorsto show that your hotel or resort or destination meets the requirements of the GOOD PRACTICES IN COMBATING COVID-19/SARS COV-2 CERTIFICATION Standards on disaster and climate resilience.
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Show your guests or the tourist visiting your country and destination you have gone the extra mile to enhance safety at your destination or hotel to the impacts of COVID-19, climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, and technological hazards.
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For the hotels, this has meant imagining a new way of operating so that their guests’ stay is 100% safe.
Under the supervision of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, this process was initiated with an analysis of what was being done in other countries, but also with the search for new technologies, obtaining new health products, and achieving new behaviors both for the staff of the establishments and for future customers.
As a result of this process of carving safety nets for tourism developing in post-covid era, the global tourism institutions had developed THE CERTIFICATION FOR GOOD PRACTICES IN COMBATING COVID-19/SARS COV-2 -COVID-19 FREE HOTEL DESIGNATION, a comprehensive program to secure healthy environments for the benefit of visitors and locals.
The program, designed with sustainability and social responsibility in mind, was created with the support and supervision of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, other academic institutions and international organizations.
It takes into account current scientific information, POSI (Prevention of Spread of Infections) procedures, international recommendations and quality tourism programs such as ECTT Travel Safe Programme and sustainable care protocols in adapted to COVID-19 in tourist centers that were issued by the ministries of tourism in Europe.
In its first stage, the programme has registered 500 hotels and tourism entities across the globe that are trained and directed towards the completion and obtaining GOOD PRACTICES IN COMBATING COVID-19/SARS COV-2 CERTIFICATION-COVID-19 FREE HOTEL DESIGNATION.
“In this new stage of Tourism Post-COVID, the certainty that we can offer visitors by implementing the best sanitary practices in the destination will play a fundamental role in travel decisions.”
The new certification considers several processes, including creation of documents, training of verifying personnel, launching the registration system, analysis of verifications, validation of implemented processes and proving documents of the registered company, and online training for tourism companies and employees in order to obtain GOOD PRACTICES IN COMBATING COVID-19/SARS COV-2 CERTIFICATION (COVID-19 FREE HOTEL DESIGNATION) issued by the European Council on Tourism and Trade with a two-year validity.
To obtain the certificate, it is mandatory for each company to create a Covid -19 Crisis Management Team responsible for transmitting information to the organization and to have proof that the Crisis Management Team has taken part in the training seminars and complies with 85% of the control points established in the checklist while presenting the corresponding documents showing proof and requested on the audit visit.
The certification methodology was endorsed by the European Tourism Academy with the support of experts certified byECTT.
The quality and depth of the program allow its easy adjustment to international certificates and existing federal programs.
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” Europe is already a benchmark in terms of security and good practices, but now we aim worldwide,” added Academician Mircea Constantinescu in the opening briefing.
“In this sense, we now seek to be a leader in biosecurity measures for tourism worldwide.
“In Europe, we prepared the states to face this crisis, adapting and rebuilding the tourism offer in accordance with the latest global trends,” said Acad. Mircea Constantinescu.
“During the last months, we have worked tirelessly, hand in hand with representatives of the local and international tourism industry, to preserve, rebuild and prepare our tourism industry to face an unprecedented crisis.”