UNWTO’s Affiliate Members Network currently boasts about 500 members – all key representatives from the private sector, as well as from destination management organisations, NGOs and the civil sector, and academia – that are dedicated to help advance UNWTO’s mission to promote safe, responsible and accessible tourism, with a special focus on travel and mobility protection solutions.
Allianz Partners joins the group through its Spanish business unit, and in doing so becomes one of the first few insurance companies in the network.
Commenting on the move, Ida Luka-Lognoné, CEO International Health & Travel and Board Member of Allianz Partners, said: “At Allianz Partners, we are deeply involved in the transformation and recovery of the travel industry, in close co-ordination with our business partners. As a world leader in travel insurance, our primary goal is to continue to protect travellers’ safety while enhancing customer confidence with our quality services.”
Sustainability in travel is a key goal for the network
Allianz Partners, its business units, and the other Affiliate Members will be able to participate actively in dialogue with other members thanks to its knowledge and innovation-led approach, so as to contribute to sustainable global tourism and with the main objective of re-establishing the travel industry in a post-Covid context. This is part of UNWTO’s long-term strategy to accommodate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“Sustainability is an essential issue for the future of travel, and together with other Affiliate Members of the UNWTO, we will increase our efforts towards the common goals of the organisation,” Luka-Lognoné said.
Ion Vilcu, Director of the UNWTO Affiliate Members Department, added: “UNWTO brings together leaders from various sectors to encourage knowledge sharing and strengthen the co-operation between public and private sectors for the promotion of tourism. We are delighted to welcome Allianz Partners to our working groups and know that they will continue to contribute to the travel industry through their focus on the protection of tourists and responsible travel solutions.”
In recent times, the development of health passport initiatives have been heralded as the key to restarting travel again, but regulation of vaccine, testing and immunity standards and inter-country compliance for various digital platforms has proven to be an ongoing challenge.