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Spanish Tourist Office Shows Tenerife Leading the Way

15th May 2020 - 12:00pm

Kathryn MacDonnell (Travel Trade Manager Spanish Tourist Office) and Ruben Lopez (Director Spanish Tourist Office Ireland)

Kathryn MacDonnell (Travel Trade Manager Spanish Tourist Office) and Ruben Lopez (Director Spanish Tourist Office Ireland)

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Pilot Flight in July to Santa Cruz, Tenerife!!

There are more encouraging signs as the Canary Islands intends to be the global laboratory for the redesign and implementation of tourism safety protocols. These can be used as a template for the rest of the world. Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, is to be the destination of a pilot flight with a digital health passport. Passengers will be monitored by an app called Hi+Card and be Covid-19 free. The Secretary General of the WTO communicated this to the Canary Islands Minister for Tourism.

 

This is the result of collaboration between both institutions. Passengers will carry a digital health passport, i.e. their medical data which certifies them as Covid-19 free. The Secretary General of the WTO said "Travel will no longer be as before. It will become safer and more sustainable to continue bringing benefits to countries and communities".

 

The flight will take place in July and the digital profile of the passengers will be uploaded by a health company, accredited by the Ministry of Health, which will "avoid manipulation of medical records or the creation of false profiles" according to Antonio Lopez de Avila, co-founder of hi+Card.

 

The collaboration ratifies the reshaping of the Canary Islands as a tourism ‘laboratory’ which creates and verifies protocols for each service in the tourism delivery chain, minimising risks which may compromise health safety.

 

The head of the WTO said this is the first region to present such a complete project of recovery of a tourism sector as it "takes in the entire chain of the tourism proposition".

 

The WTO says its Digital Innovation and Transformation department is working on a project to reduce risks of disease for the traveller by means of traceability systems which will be carried out first in the Canary Islands.


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Kathryn MacDonnell (Travel Trade Manager Spanish Tourist Office) and Ruben Lopez (Director Spanish Tourist Office Ireland)

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