GBTA Calls for Action as World Leaders meet at G7 Summit
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is calling for world leaders of the G7 countries to lead conversations for a seamless return of international travel to boost the global economic recovery. Aviation and business travel are critical factors in the success of the global economy and international relations. As the world starts to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, an international approach to recognized standards is crucial to re-start travel.
Suzanne Neufang, CEO of GBTA, said:
“The business travel industry has suffered from the various lockdowns and restrictions on free movement of people. Since April 1, 2020, global spending on business travel plummeted 68% over the same period from 2019. Global recognition of Digital Health Certificates is required for a safe and effective restart of business travel. ”
To restart international business travel, GBTA is calling for governments to take immediate steps to align on how health certificates for Covid-19 test results and vaccines will be accredited and mutually recognized by country authorities around the world. To further highlight the need for a single universal approach, GBTA’s latest poll reveals that three out of four buyer and procurement respondents think issuing government COVID 19 health certificates is either ‘very effective’ or ‘effective’ in aiding the restart of business travel.
“Defining an internationally agreed- upon framework for the regulation of secure, trusted digital Covid-19 health certificates will remove complexity for travelers and airlines, and accelerate the safe return of international business travel. Facilitating a global travel framework is an opportunity for G7 countries to show leadership while championing international trade and economic growth,” added Suzanne Neufang.
The European Union is finalizing a framework for member states to follow a single set of rules and protocols. Countries, companies and other organizations are already developing platforms and apps, but the critical factor is that governments must agree on what will be mutually recognized for cross-border travel.
According to the GBTA, the G7 nust agree upon a common approach to:
- Verifying and sharing Covid 19 Health Certificates across;
- Ensuring that these validated Covid 19 Health Certificates flow seamlessly into existing processes undertaken by airlines and border forces around the world.