Tourism stakeholders reiterated the urgent need for a coordinated approach to cross-border travel in order to support a stable travel and tourism recovery.
Speaking at Booking.com’s inaugural roundtable, The Travel Edit: Embracing the Unpredictable on January 18 in Singapore, Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot, called for a common list of vaccines recognised across all countries as well as unanimous usage of a single QR code across borders.
Wilson said these should be available at the very least, despite a near “impossible task” for governments to agree on Covid-19 responses.
Fellow speaker, Kerry Healy, chief commercial officer, South-east Asia, Japan and South Korea at Accor, expressed frustration over differing state of border openings within South-east Asia, and emphasised the need for “harmony” in regulations.
Wilson added that government agencies, associations, medical community and economic divisions should work together to ease the administrative process to make regional travel less cumbersome.