Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Security, Cheryle Darville (representing Minister the Hon. Marvin Dames) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on April 22, 2021, between the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) and the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s COVID-19 Ambassadors to assist in the designation of the Safe Travels Stamp for all local businesses meeting the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) global protocols.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Reginald Saunders is seated next to the Minister. Pictured standing, as signatory witnesses are CEO of the TDC Janet Johnson and Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, the WTTC, along with TDC as the local ambassador for the stamp, has extended the availability of the stamp to all local business establishments, after having recognized The Islands of The Bahamas as a Safe Travels destination for meeting its enhanced health and safety standards in line with its global Safe Travels Protocols.
These protocols were developed specifically to rebuild the traveller’s confidence and to ensure that there is a coordinated public and private sector approach to the recovery efforts of the global tourism industry. It is the World’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp for Travel and Tourism, especially designed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and for other similar outbreaks. The Bahamas, through the TDC and WTTC will accrue both benefits and responsibilities as a user of the Safe Travels stamp to maximize its positive impacts.