KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 -- Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has initiated the Healthy Tourism Certification programme in order to ensure industry players adhere to high level of health and hygiene requirements of all tourism-related facilities following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programme, which was launched on May 11, will take effect from this year’s summer season, according to a press release by the Embassy of Turkey in Malaysia on Thursday.
It said the certificate would be granted by international certification institutions and covers a broad range of measures that shall be taken towards transportation, accommodation, health condition of employees of the facilities and passengers.
“Our certification programme shall ensure that our guests in Turkey are going to make their holidays in a safe and hygienic manner and feel comfortable during their visit. Our programme covers preventive and protective steps including air, marine and land transportation, arrival ports, all facilities providing a holiday experience, health condition of employees in the industry and tourists themselves.
“We will encourage all of our transportation and accommodation facilities to take all precautions for a healthy holiday through obtaining the certificate,” Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said at the programme’s launch.
The certification programme will consist of four main pillars, namely “Health and Safety of the Passenger”, “Health and Safety of the Employee”, “Precautions taken at Facilities” and “Precautions taken in terms of “Transportation vehicles”.
The first pillar (Health and Safety of the Passenger) covers the precautions which are required to be implemented in terms of passengers from the time of check-in until their check-out, including not allowing passengers without a mask to enter respective terminals, providing free-of-charge masks to passengers, application of thermal camera and body temperature measurement at the entrance of terminal buildings, preparing disinfection carpets and disinfection cabins, and apply the required protocols for the passengers that are diagnosed as risk group in terms of traveling, if needed.
“Health and Safety of the Employee” covers precautions with respect to ensuring physically and mentally healthy personnel at transportation, accommodation and food & beverage facilities.
The third pillar (Precautions taken at Facilities) require stakeholders to take necessary implementation and measures in order to prevent outbreak, while the last pillar (Precautions taken in terms of Transportation vehicles), calls for measures and regulations for air, land and marine transportation. It includes training of personnel of transportation vehicles, immunity certificate of the personnel, sterilisation of transportation vehicles and arrangement of passenger transportation system according to safe distance standards.
According to Ersoy, as of May 4, Turkey had completed pandemic protocols and certification protocols issued separately in terms of airports, domestic airlines, highways and tourism facilities.
“We are also planning to start the implementation of the certification process for hotels as of May. We will start listing the facilities, obtaining such certificate, as of June 1, 2020, through all channels including the website of our Ministry,” he added.
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