One may ask is it safe to travel to Ghana during coronavirus or is Ghana safe from coronavirus? The answer is YES as it is among the latest countries to receive the world’s first-ever safety travel stamp which was recently launched by the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC). This safety travel stamp will help reopen Ghana’s tourism sector and significantly improve the economy of Ghana which saw a massive improvement in 2019 due to the Year of Return campaign. World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) created this safety stamp in order for travelers or tourists to identify countries that are deemed to be safe to travel to due to the coronavirus pandemic which has rendered massive havoc to the tourism and travel industry.
This latest development was welcomed by Ghana’s minister of tourism and creative art Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi and in her latest speech said that “We are delighted with this milestone of a Safe Travel Stamp for Ghana. Since 21st March 2020 when our borders were closed, we have worked on creating a safe environment for our tourism and travel practitioners. The protocols we have put in place are born out of a shared responsibility to create a hygienic and safe destination”.
The minister went ahead and congratulated the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) for giving Ghana this safety stamp as it will help travelers to Ghana know about the new approach to health, hygiene, and physical distancing in the new era of COVID-19.
The protocols were devised following the experience of WTTC members dealing with COVID-19 and based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
According to WTTC’s 2020 Economic Impact Report, during 2019, Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million total), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.