We are pleased to inform everyone that PreFootball Tours' sports tourism operations have been approved by the World Travel & Tourism Council for health and hygiene with regard to COVID-19 prevention and thus start with the global "Safe Travels" security stamp. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, with a mission to ensure the sector is seamless, secure, safe, inclusive and sustainable.
All PreFootball programs will restart from September on to all its technical partner clubs. We put the safety, health and security of our participants and our staff at the core of our operations. Accordingly, PreFootball will update everyone about the changes for the programs or destinations.
The specially designed 'SafeTravels' stamp will allow travellers to recognise governments and businesses around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. The launch of global protocols to recover the Travel & Tourism sector have been embraced by over 200 CEO’s including some of the world’s major tourism groups.
According to WTTC's conditions and recommendations, as tour operators restart their operations, tour operators should ensure that they can optimise operational quality and delivery and have trained staff to prepare and execute on the operational plans:
> Tour Operators may achieve operational readiness for reopening by having:
o Developed a COVID-19 prevention plan including an action/checklist for infection prevention and a special cleaning and disinfection plan
o Implemented protocols and guidelines for staff health, including health checks for staff if required by local legislation. If not required, tour operator to issue and communicate a stay-home policy for anyone displaying any symptoms as per World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines
o Reflected physical distance in office layout and limiting the number of staff in common back-of-house areas where possible if required by local legislation
o Implemented protocols to minimise physical contact. Implemented physical distancing protocols if required by local legislation
o Personal protection equipment (PPE) available to staff, such as masks, as long as required as per risk-based approach if required by local legislation
o Integrated technologies to enable automation such as contactless payment where possible. If contactless payment is not possible, consider using gloves and hand sanitation
o Established with suppliers and partners including restaurants, hotels, parks, transport partners and venues that they follow likeminded health and hygiene protocols and guidelines to protect guests as required by local legislation. See WTTC protocols for Hospitality, Aviation and Airports for detailed guidelines relating to these industries
> Tour Operators should train all their staff to prepare and execute on operational plans by:
o Creating and implementing staff protocols and guidelines, including tour guide, coach/drivers and local specialists, and operations such as Q&A.
o Provided their staff with the tools and information necessary regarding infection control, physical contact, sharing of food and utensils, appropriate attire, and enhanced hygiene measures, the use of masks and gloves as recommended by local health authorities or as required by the tour operators procedures when these go beyond local requirements
o Requested that key stakeholders such as partner venues, hotels and transport partners have trained their staff on the basis of likeminded protocols to enable consistent approach across the sector
o All training should be informed by the latest advice from public health authorities and/or WHO
o Regular monitoring of well-being of team members by leadership, encouraging them to follow governmental and WHO guidelines
For more information about global safety stamp, please visit WTTC's website;