As the numbers of people travelling each year continue to grow rapidly, helping them travel efficiently and safely through and beyond borders will become increasingly important.
In many parts of the world, Travel & Tourism infrastructure is creaking at the seams. This is particularly the case in aviation, where systems are becoming outdated and unable to cope with demand. At the same time, increasing political risks and geopolitical instability require more stringent security checks and processes. This creates further pressures on already strained systems and budgets.
Recent advances in technology show great promise for solving these problems. Combining the opportunities offered by blockchain and biometrics in particular could provide solutions to congestion and identity management. WTTC wants to bring the Travel & Tourism sector together to develop a single biometric identifier that can be used at all points in a traveller's journey.
This system will:
Be technology agnostic
Be internationally interoperable
Increase security for governments
Build capacity by creating efficiencies
Link all Travel & Tourism services
Be trusted by passengers
The vision is that travellers will no longer have to repeatedly present travel documents, boarding passes and booking confirmations multiple times to multiple stakeholders at different stages of their journey. Instead they will be able to book transportation, request a visa, check-in, proceed through security, cross borders, board aircraft, collect baggage, rent a car, check in and out of hotels, and access myriad destination services, simply by confirming their identity and booking data.
Ultimately we believe this approach will create more jobs too, by promoting growth right across the Travel & Tourism sector.