Safe Travels Stamp – World Travel and Tourism Council
The WTTC aims to support the travel and tourism sector in their recovery process by developing meaningful action plans that enhance recovery efforts, while also providing both the public and private sectors with the insights and toolkits for interaction and implementation. As the travel and tourism sector recovers, the WTTC advocates for implementing the right policies that will help support the demand and recovery for this amazing sector. They try to rebuild trust and confidence with those that travel by effectively communicating with them while assuring them that they will be kept safe.
Benefits and Resources
Alongside the WTTC, TIAO (Tourism Industry Association of Ontario) has created a self-certified “Safe-Travels Stamp” (which can be seen on the right). This stamp allows travellers to recognize the companies and governments from around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols. TIAO asks that destinations that are looking to apply for this stamp also use the POST promise. To apply or find additional information on this, please visit: https://www.tiaontario.ca/cpages/safetravelsstamp
The companies that are eligible for this stamp include:
- Cruise Lines
- Tour Operators
- Short Term Rentals
- Car Rentals
- Outdoor Shopping
- Transportation and Airports
What is it?
The POST Promise is a training & education platform that results in a voluntary declaration from a business to its customers and employees. It’s a simple and easy way to show that a business is taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What it is not?
The POST Promise is NOT a “certification” or “approval” from any regulatory body. All businesses are still required to follow the laws and recommended guidelines from their local public health officials and government bodies.
It is for the common good?
The POST Promise is designed for businesses to train and educate their employees about the requirements of the platform, and to help consumers feel confident that a business is doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Participating businesses will be provided with the POST Promise logo which is a clear way to show that they’re taking necessary precautions. The more businesses and workplaces that adopt the use of the POST Promise logo, the more recognizable it will become to the general public, thus increasing consumer confidence.
Culinary Tourism Alliance (Feast On)
Feast On is a certification program that recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown and made food and drink. The mission of Feast On is to make as many local restaurants as possible to use Ontario grown food ingredients to serve customers, which helps to increase access and awareness of quality local products from the public. Moreover, it is a great opportunity to let locals support locals, especially during this pandemic hard time. The industry affiliations of the Culinary Tourism Alliance can be seen as the connected organizations with Feast On, such as TIAO and Restaurant Canada. Also, Feast On has certified nearly 50 preferred purveyors and partners including growers, producers, suppliers and distributors.
By being part of the Feast On, local businesses, especially restaurants will gain a lot of membership benefits. Certification can add credibility to the business, help the business expand reliable purveyors, and help staff training. Meanwhile, Feast On will help the business to increase brand awareness and reputation in the community, and it will definitely bring great help to the promotion and future development of the business. As Feast On is a vital part of The Great Taste of Ontario plan, restaurants with Feast On certificate will not only enhance brand awareness locally but also can expect to expand their business within the province, or even across the country. It is definitely a great business opportunity to help those restaurants that were suffered during the COVID period to rebuild and recover rapidly.
Interested restaurants must read and agree on all the Feast On manifesto, and to do a self-assessment of their procurement in order to meet the eligibility of the application. Fill out the form at https://www.culinarytourismalliance.com/for-restaurants.