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South Africa has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Safety Stamp of Approval as a destination based on Industry-designed protocols.

The approval gives the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) the right to issue the WTTC Safe Travels stamp to tourism suppliers within South Africa.

The specially designed stamp will allow travellers to recognise businesses in South Africa that have adopted world-class health and hygiene protocols for safe travel, according to TBCSA CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa.

The globally recognised protocols provide consistency to destinations and countries, as well as guidance to travel providers and travellers, about the new approach to health, hygiene, deep cleansing and physical distancing in the post COVID-19 world, according to Gloria Guevara, WTTC President and CEO.

To this end, the TBCSA, through a multi-stakeholder partnership, has launched  an app called Opus4business app.

Business owners can download the app which will assist them in understanding all the necessary protocols and enables them to record compliance while implementing these.

This bodes well for travellers planning a holiday to South Africa during COVID-19 times. In this way, the tourism and hospitality industry in South Africa is hoping to bring peace of mind to its visitors.