WTTC, World Economic Forum Join Hands for Seamless Travel Initiatives
WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) and the World Economic Forum are partnering to help shape the future of how we travel by using digital traveler identity management throughout the whole tourism sector.
The agreement will see the two organizations collaborating, exchanging information and working together to achieve international harmonization through the use of standards and inter-operability across different parts of the tourism journey.
Both organizations are committed to increasing the use of biometric-enabled technology as the way to increase passenger efficiency while improving border security.
The Known Traveler Digital Identity project is a World Economic Forum initiative that brings together a global consortium of individuals, governments, authorities and the travel industry to enhance security in world travel.
In January 2018, the governments of Canada and the Netherlands committed to piloting the concept in an international cross-border context in collaboration with Air Canada, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.
This week, the KTDI pilot consortium was officially launched, with testing of the enabling technology to start during the course of 2019.
WTTC, which represents the global private tourism sector, is committed to working with the existing initiatives in this area to encourage the use of biometric technology and digital identity throughout the wider sector.
Through its Seamless Traveler Journey program, WTTC has researched over 53 initiatives using biometrics in the tourism sector and has identified potential emerging models – such as the WEF KTDI initiative – which may address the end-to-end traveler journey of the future.