Travel CEOs urge federal involvement with Covid-19 testing

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The WTTC has suggested temperature checks and swab tests for all arriving and departing passengers. Photo Credit: Platoo Photography/Shutterstock

Travel companies and associations are calling on governments to increase testing in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. 

Fourteen CEOs of U.S. travel companies sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders saying that more and better testing “is an indispensable component of pursuing an economic recovery” and asked for “a stepped-up federal role in making effective testing more widely available.” 

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“Analysis of the data leads to the conclusion that broader testing in concert with other key factors such as a robust federal policy framework of relief and stimulus, rigorous health and safety standards adopted by travel-related businesses, and the universal embrace of good health practices (such as the wearing of masks) by the public is an essential component of reopening and recovery,” says the letter, which was signed by the CEOs of Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and the U.S. Travel Association, among others. 

The World Travel and Tourism Council has urged governments to implement comprehensive testing facilities at airports around the world. 

“This will provide reassurance to all travelers, maintain ‘air corridors’ between countries, and remove damage and disruption caused by blunt quarantines which massively impact the recovery of the travel and tourism sector,” stated WTTC CEO Gloria Guevara. 

WTTC suggests that the testing involve temperature checks and swab tests for all arriving and departing passengers, with results back within 24 hours. Those testing positive with or without symptoms should be put into quarantine, WTTC said.

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