Mbabane: The Kingdom of Eswatini has been awarded with the Safer Tourism Seal by World Tourism Network (WTN). The Safer Tourism Seal is an initiative by the World Tourism Network: www.wtn.travel
Despite being the smallest landlocked country in the Southern hemisphere, the Kingdom of Eswatini has become the first Southern African country to receive the Safer Tourism Seal from the World Tourism Network (WTN).
An official tweet from government stated that “Eswatini is now safe and ready to welcome the world”.
The Seal is based on the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamps awarded to Eswatini and self-assessment.
The Safer Tourism Seal (STS) seal builds travelers’ confidence for preferred destinations and becomes a recognizable symbol throughout the world during these precarious times. Travel safety depends on both the provider and the receiver recognizing this fact.
Seal holders represent the best in travel and demonstrate to the world, that safer travel is everyone’s responsibility.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Eswatini Tourism Authority (ETA) has worked with WHO and the UN as well as the Ministry of Health and tourist industry to establish a robust set of protocols and health and safety guidelines which are now being followed by the tourism industry in the country.
Endorsed by WHO and the UN, these protocols set out to ensure that all visitors in Eswatini can travel as safely as possible and with minimum risk from COVID-19. As an endorsement of these protocols, Eswatini became the first full country in Southern Africa to receive the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp of approval and ETA is now rolling out that Stamp across the industry within Eswatini.
ETA has shown how seriously it takes the safety of its tourists and has been taking all available steps to ensure that Eswatini can be visited and enjoyed as safely as possible.
Eswatini is one of the countries that are rich in, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit.
The overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all visitors feel truly welcome and very safe. It also has stunning scenery of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five; and a fascinating mix of modern and traditional festivals, ceremonies and events, and you have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country.