Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ government chairman, has addressed tourism ministers from the G20 group of countries and senior executives representing main journey and tourism manufacturers from all areas of the world.
In his remarks Vago urged enterprise leaders to work with public authorities to embrace harmonised well being protocols with fast Covid-19 testing applied sciences at their coronary heart to speed up the sectors’ restoration.
Saudi Arabia, which assumed the G20 presidency in December, hosted the G20 tourism summit in Riyadh this week.
Searching for to foster higher collaboration between the private and non-private sectors, Saudi Arabia minister of tourism, Ahmed Al Khateeb, and the World Journey & Tourism Council (WTTC) held the digital tourism public-private sector occasion to seek out new methods to help the restoration of Tourism.
Vago thanked all current for the chance to talk at this prestigious occasion and mentioned: “I’m right here at the moment to speak about our expertise of in August being the primary main cruise line to restart operations within the Mediterranean, following the worldwide halt to cruise operations by our total business in March as a result of pandemic.
“We had been in a position to restart because of the implementation of our complete well being and security protocol, which acquired approval from all of the related well being authorities in our markets of operation.”
Vago mentioned the protocol has 9 key pillars, together with the testing of company and crew, taking shore excursions in bubbles, HVAC air flow, contingency response and having isolation house on board.
Monitoring and tracing was additionally very important, he added, together with masks, bodily distancing and Covid-19 prevalence monitoring.”
He continued: “The core factor of the protocol is our common testing of all company and crew earlier than embarkation to create a sterile and secure bubble, which protects them all through their time with us.
“We are actually within the midst of our eighth crusing with a second vessel resulting from restart later this month with an extended itinerary, and we’ve got safely carried 16,000 company.
“All through, we’ve got been rigorous within the implementation of our protocol and have needed to deny embarkation to nicely over 100 company for testing constructive, travelling with somebody who examined constructive, not having the right medical paperwork or for infractions of our protocol.
“Our knowledge reveals that in a pandemic the place as much as 80% of these contaminated within the present outbreak are delicate or asymptomatic in accordance with the newest World Well being Organisation knowledge, there may be little question that testing is the important thing.”
Vago concluded: “My message to you all taking part at the moment is that because of our protocol and different comparable ones, cruise ships may very well be thought-about probably among the many most secure holidays anyplace on the earth, and there’s no purpose why different types of journey and vacation can’t be as secure.
“I hope that the information we’ve got accrued, which I’m sharing with you at the moment, and the harmonisation of protocols throughout your complete transport, hospitality and tourism business may be the way in which ahead to work with authorities world wide as testing turns into extra out there.”
Check out all of the protection from the G20 summit in Saudi Arabia here.