18:59 | Cusco (Cusco region), Oct. 13.
Cusco and Peru have become safe destinations for international travel as they have been awarded the world's first ever global safety and hygiene stamp, known as "Safe Travels," which was launched earlier this year by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
The act took place in Machu Picchu and was preceded by an Inca ceremony.
Led by Prime Minister Walter Martos, the event included the participation of Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Rocio Barrios, Cusco Region Governor Jean Paul Benavente, Machu Picchu Mayor Darwin Baca, and PromPeru Executive-President Luis Torres.
"With this recognition, Cusco is foreseen to become —once again— the first safe tourist destination (in Peru) and to initiate the reactivation on a national scale," Cusco Governor Jean Paul Benavente stated.
The Safe Travels stamp —awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)— involves a set of protocols that follow guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO)
to have a general health policy for the tourism industry and to restore confidence in travelers, providing clear guidelines for the resumption of tourism activities on a global scale.
The stamp enables travelers to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted standardised global health and hygiene protocols, so they can experience 'Safe Travels.'
Thus, Peru becomes the third destination in Latin America to receive the Safe Travels stamp, after Ecuador and Brazil.