The Riviera Nayarit is ready for the “new normal” after receiving the Travel Safety Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), awarded to destinations that comply with the health protocols for dealing with COVID-19 in tourist destinations.
According to information issued by the WTTC, the creation of the Travel Safety Stamp is intended to promote the responsible reactivation of tourism activity affected by the pandemic, in addition to inspiring confidence in travelers regarding the standards of cleanliness and disinfection in tourism sector companies.
Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the WTCC, highlighted that the Riviera Nayarit has complied with these protocols, which were designed in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Airports Council International (ACI), and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
“The Riviera Nayarit has earned itself a special place as an incredible destination on the Mexican Pacific, offering unique travel experiences thanks to its beautiful beaches, its climate and gastronomy, as well as its commitment to safe and sustainable tourism, which has been deservedly recognized on multiple occasions by global industry organizations,” said Guevara Manzo.
Trust, the key element
Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), celebrated the fact that this tourist destination was one of the first to receive the distinction, achieved thanks to the work of the state and municipal authorities together with the business community.
“Our ability to adapt and reach new heights is what attracts the best brands and world-class travelers to this destination, so we are ready to face the challenge of raising the security and sanitation standards that will allow us to receive travelers with complete confidence; this will become a key element of our promotional actions,” he added.
For his part, Jesús Carmona, president of the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), said the Riviera Nayarit has strived to raise the quality of best practices in tourism and sustainability, which has become more important than ever today.
“As we prepare to reopen to travelers from around the world, we are proud to validate our cleaning protocols with the addition of the WTTC Travel Safety Stamp to our list of awards, demonstrating our commitment to our visitors and to the tourism and environmental ecosystem.”
So far only six destinations in Mexico have received the Travel Safety Stamp: two in the Pacific — including the Riviera Nayarit — and four in the Caribbean, putting them on par with other cities around the world such as Seville and Barcelona, in Spain; the province of Ontario, in Canada; and countries such as Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Jamaica.
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