The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA) are joining hands to promote the use of technology such as biometrics to facilitate safe, secure and seamless travel across international borders.
IBMATA is global non-profit organisation promoting communication and collaboration between border agencies and technology providers worldwide.
Tony Smith CBE, chairman of the association, said: “Border agencies are dealing with more international passengers at their international borders than ever before, against a backdrop of static or declining resources. It is important that they make best use of new and emerging technology to enable them to facilitate the traveller experience for the vast majority of low risk traffic, while at the same time maintain safe and secure borders.
“Our relationship with WTTC will enable us to maximise collaboration between the travel industry, border agencies and technology providers to help us deliver this important function.”
Gloria Guevara, president & CEO, WTTC, added: “Travel and tourism employs one in ten people on the planet today and over the course of the next 20 years we will witness a doubling of the number of travellers and the creation of as many as 100 million jobs around the world. We have a responsibility to prepare for the future by transforming the traveller experience while increasing security by working together and with governments.”