Successful implementation of the World Travel & Tourism Council, Safe Travels by Secret Paradise

Local Tour Company Secret Paradise announced today the successful implementation of the World Travel & Tourism Council, Safe Travels protocols for Adventure Tourism. 
The specially designed #safetravels stamp allows travellers and other Travel & Tourism stakeholders to recognise companies around the world that have implemented health and hygiene protocols that are aligned with WTTC’s Global Safe Travels Protocols.
Over 30 protocols for the adventure tourism industry were compiled on the basis of insights and frameworks developed in conjunction with members of  the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) to support the safe, healthy, and responsible restart of adventure tourism around the world. 
The objective is to ensure that protocols are in place across all relevant functions with an increased focus on health, safety, and physical distancing standards which travellers will need and expect,as well as requiring adventure tourism operators to follow local and national legislation and the latest guidance from public health organisations including WHO.
The protocols are divided across four pillars:
  1. Promoting Operational & Staff Preparedness to ensure they can optimise operational quality and delivery and have trained staff to prepare and execute the operational plans.
  2. Delivering a Safe Experience for staff and guests through enhanced cleanliness and hygiene best practices.
  3. Rebuilding Trust & Confidence through transparency and communication with guests.
  4. Implementing Enabling Policies
“Whilst  travel plans were on pause the team at Secret Paradise worked hard with support from Neil Shorthouse, Shorthouse Hospitality International, to ensure that guests would be able to travel safely with us upon their return to the Maldives.''  said Ruth Franklin, Co-Founder and Director at Secret Paradise. ''The safety and comfort of our guests and our team has always been important to us, this is why our guides are certified Emergency First Responders and Level 3 International Life Guards.''
The Secret Paradise #letusguideyou Safely Policy highlights the enhanced procedures and processes that guests can expect, from the moment they are met by their guide to the time when they are waved goodbye. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as public health recommendations change, but what won’t change is Secret Paradise's commitment to keeping guests safe as they explore the Maldives.
Awarded TripAdvisor's Travellers’ Choice 2020 Secret Paradise tour operations will resume in December 2020.
Guiding tours since 2012, Secret Paradise offer a carefully developed  range of tours to ensure there is something for everyone, no matter the length of stay or the number of people travelling. Guest's can choose to travel on a guided tour with one of their local guides, or travel independently, safe in the knowledge that the team has all logistics covered.
All tours provide carefully selected and audited local accommodation and travel by local transport. Secret Paradise provides education and opportunities to 'give back' . Learn about corals, marine-life, sea grass, mangroves and what happens to plastic, through presentations and experiences provided by their local tour leaders.
Traveling with Secret Paradise isn’t just about exploring the Maldives and enjoying the beautiful beaches and tropical waters. It’s about discovering authentic experiences and off-the-beaten-path locations that you didn’t even know were there to discover.
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