Spotlight on travel facilitation and security
Source: Fin24, 18/04/2018
Cape Town - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) on Wednesday
issued its support for the outcomes of the meeting of G20 tourism in
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This includes recognition that the use of technology, such as
biometrics, for travel facilitation and security was vital to sustain
the growing numbers of travellers. It could result in the number of
jobs created by tourism increasing by more than 7 million over the
next ten years.
The `T20` meeting of tourism ministers of the G20 countries was
hosted by Argentina in Buenos Aires around the theme of `Future of
Work â` sustainable tourism as a driver of employment`.
Speaking at the meeting, Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of
WTTC said: âGiven its impressive growth forecasts and high levels of
job generation, travel and tourism is a sector which will play an
increasing role in inclusive and sustainable development. As the
private sector, we want to maximise job creation and are working hard
to ensure we have the right engagement, training and career
development programmes in place.`
However, WTTC is concerned that the combination of infrastructure
capacity constraints and more stringent security requirements for
travellers will result in huge inefficiencies across the system and
impact tourism growth and job creation in the future.
Research shows that current and future capacity constraints could
mean that between 8% and 21% of forecast growth in air travel cannot
be supported. According to WTTC data, if this situation is addressed
between 7 and 19 million jobs can be created.
Guevara said WTTC is delighted that G20 governments, by means of
their delegations at the T20 meeting, have recognised the opportunity
of technology to address such constraints, and consider the
utilisation of biometrics as a starting point.
`Biometrics has already been identified by the UN as a recommended
means of improving security by identifying terrorists and the
technologies currently in use have already been seen to increase
efficiencies and improve the customer experience. It is by making
travel easier that we will meet the future demand for travel and
ultimately increase the number of jobs created by the sector,â she
Across G20 countries travel and tourism contributes $6.3trn to GDP
(9.1% of GDP) and generates 208 million jobs, 1 in 11 of all jobs.
The G20 countries form some of the largest inbound and outbound
tourism economies, and altogether account for 76% of the worldâs
travel and tourism GDP.