World Travel and Tourism Council WTTC has granted the Maldives its Safe Travel Stamp having recognized the country’s efforts in implementing enhanced health and safety measures in line with the WTTC global Safe Travels protocols.

In a statement, the tourism ministry said that the world body had also recognized that the Maldives has created a safe and gradual plan by rebuilding confidence among travelers and ensuring a coordinated approach in restarting the country’s tourism industry.

The Ministry said that WTTC’s Safe Travel Stamp is endorsed by the World Travel Organization and more than 200 travel companies.

It said that the objective of the Safe Travel Stamp is to provide confidence to travelers and to re-establish consumer confidence in Travel and tourism and ensure travelers of enhance standards of hygiene are in place and the assurance that they can once again experience ‘Safe travels.

The Ministry said that it is the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp for travel and tourism, designed to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other outbreaks.

Tourism Ministry noted that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has also embraced the WTTC Safety Travel stamp which has the safety and hygiene of travelers as their top priority.

The Maldives reopened its borders in mid-July after a four-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.