Tourism ministers from the Group of 20 (G20), the world’s most powerful economies, met virtually today and agreed to back plans for vaccine passports to help the global tourism industry recover.
On the same day, the tourism minister of Canada announced that Canada is working with international partners to develop a standardized vaccine certification, which the majority of Canadians support, according to a recent survey.
Global Tourism Industry Has Been One Of The Worst Hit Sectors
The global tourism industry is one of the worst-hit sectors due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. According to a report released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the sector suffered a loss of almost US$4.5 trillion last year.
During the meeting, the G20 leaders stressed that a resumption of normal activity for the sector is crucial to global economic recovery.
“We emphasize that the resumption of travel and tourism is crucial for global economic recovery because of the direct and indirect economic impact this sector has on others,” the document said.
The pandemic is an opportunity to “shape a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive tourism sector.”
G20 Leaders Support Vaccine Passports For Resumption Of Safe Travel
The tourism ministers are set to back efforts for safe mobility, coordinating with initiatives including the European Union’s Digital Green Certificate.
The European Union recently announced it would welcome American tourists this summer who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Yesterday, the EU council officially submitted a formal proposal to the Member States suggesting that vaccinated travelers from third-party nations (like Canada) should be permitted to enter EU countries for non-essential reasons like tourism starting this summer.
The proposal mentions EU State Members should accept “third country certificates based on national law”
“Our mountains, our beaches, our cities are reopening,” Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said at the press conference. “I have no doubt that tourism in Italy will come back stronger than before.”
Canada Working on Vaccine Certificate
On the same day, Canadian tourism minister Melanie Joly said that Canada is working with international partners to develop a standardized vaccine certification for travel, and will position itself as a safe destination once the country has reached COVID-19 herd immunity,
“Clearly as vaccination is being rolled out, we will position ourself as a safe destination,” Joly said in a telephone interview after attending the virtual G20 meeting.
Trudeau also said talks are ongoing with international partners for a vaccine certification.
“It would make sense for us to align with partners around the world on some sort of proof of vaccination or vaccine certification,” Trudeau told reporters.
The support for vaccine passports is backed by Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu recent comments:
“Canadians are going to want to travel and just like there have been changes in other kinds of travel requirements over the years as a result of a number of events, Canadians need to be prepared to be able to travel internationally. And we’ll make sure that they are.”
Majority of Canadians Support The Use of Vaccine Passports For Travel
According to a recent survey by Ipsos, nearly eight in ten Canadians agree that all travelers entering Canada should be required to have a vaccine passport, which in line with the global average response (78%).
A majority of Canadians (61%) expect that vaccine passports will be widely used in Canada by the end of the year, while nearly three in four (72%) agree that the passports would be effective in making travel and large events safe. This is in line with the global average of 73% and significantly more than in the United States, where only 61% agree.
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