Introducing ATA's Comprehensive Traveling Again Plan
On August 6, 2020 the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory, almost six months after it was initially put in place on March 19, 2020. While the United States continues to see a surge in new cases – a fact that has led many countries to prohibit American arrivals – the lifting of the Global Level 4 health advisory is a step in the right direction. It also happens to be Step 1 in our detailed plan for returning to travel.
While this crisis is unique in many ways, it is only one of many that ATA has managed during its 70 year history. From nuclear meltdowns and natural disasters to wars and terrorism, ATA’s risk management mettle has been thoroughly tested.
As we set to work on the plan, we began with a set of guiding principles:
By adopting the World Tourism and Travel Council’s safety protocols, ATA joins other travel companies, governments, health experts and industry associations to develop meaningful action plans to optimize recovery efforts in the travel industry.
This means that we will ask each traveler to abide by a code of conduct that protects his/her safety as well as the safety of fellow travelers, trip leaders, in-country hosts, and others.
We’ve shared our thoughts about how important it is to communicate during a crisis; we also believe that wisely selecting destinations with fewer health or safety risks will speed our overall recovery.