One of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations, Baguio City received a safe travels stamp certificate of compliance from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).
“The Safe Travels Stamp is a specially designed stamp which will allow travelers to recognize governments and businesses around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols — so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’,” said OIC DOT-Cordillera Director Jovy Ganongan in a post on social media on Wednesday.
WTTC is a forum for the travel and tourism industry which consist of members from the global business industry. The organization known as the only forum to represent private sectors worldwide, works with the governments to raise awareness about travel and tourism.
According to Ganongan, the certification started after the world was struck by the Covid-19 pandemic, making the safety of travelers an important offering that destinations can give to local and international travelers and tourists.
“The certificate is given to destinations and businesses that are aligned with the core requirements and industry-specific protocols, in this case, by the tourism industry,” she said.
Baguio City with the provinces in Region 1 was the first tourism destination that opened doors to visitors through the “Ridge and Reef travel bubble” — a program that established a system to ensure the safety and security of tourists through online registration, which provides tourists with information such as the requirements of local government units, authorized establishments to stay in, and other relevant information related to safe travel.