Businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council.
While some businesses have already reported a surge in bookings following news of a gradual reopening, WTTC chief executive Gloria Guevara said delays could prove costly.
The pass - which was originally unveiled in December - is designed to verify a passenger has had the Covid-19 tests or vaccines required to enter a country.
American Express Global Business Travel has appointed Jason Geall as senior vice president for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He will take up the post immediately.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has sent an open letter to UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, urging him to support its recovery plan for the travel sector.
The company specialised in small group expeditions by truck across Africa and other key overland destinations worldwide such as South America and Central Asia.
Expedia Group has reported a loss of $2.69 billion, or $19 a share, for financial 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took a huge toll on the travel sector around the world.
The company signed formal undertakings in December which committed it to pay out over £7 million to more than 9,000 customers when their holidays were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to travel restrictions around the world, the hospitality giant also saw losses of €699 million on an adjusted basis for the first three months of the year, compared to a loss of €147 million last year.
Commenting on the news UKHospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said the decision would help struggling hospitality businesses survive until tourism returned.
The World Travel & Tourism Council is calling for governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders.
Some customers still have not received all their money back, despite the travel agent committing to the regulator that all refunds would be paid by the end of January, Which? has revealed.