The Western Cape’s very own Stellenbosch has been awarded one of the first Safe Travels Stamps in the country.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) represents the global travel and tourism private sector. They work with governments, health experts and industry associates to achieve effective recovery protocols while creating action plans to optimise recovery across the sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Safe Travels Stamp has been created to help travellers identify locations and destinations around the world that follow the global standardised health and hygiene protocols, ensuring travellers will have a safe stay.

Stellenbosch has been recognised by the WTTC alongside popular destinations like Mauritius, Portugal and Turkey. The town’s quick implementation of recommended measures amid the pandemic has earned it a spot among international destinations.

“We’ve been working to align Visit Stellenbosch’s tourism business protocols with global standards, and welcome the opportunity to join this global campaign,” says Jeanneret Momberg, General Manager of Visit Stellenbosch.

“A global approach that put their guests’ well-being first is essential to recovery in times of COVID-19. The Safe Travels stamp will be a great way to provide that signal of trust to our future guests,” says Momberg.

A number of initiatives have been launched over the past few weeks to ensure the small town is ready to safely and comfortably welcome travels from near or far.

The recent Stellenbosch Ready programme ensures needs such as WTTC validation, implementation of protocols, staff training and flexible bookings are met.

“The WTTC stamp, together with our Stellenbosch Ready programme goes one step further in reassuring everyone that Stellenbosch is ready. Our destination is focused on recovery and trust is at the core of our business,” concludes Momberg.

So if you’re looking for a local getaway that is COVID-19 prepared, Stellenbosch should be on your list.

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