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WTTC and WEF join forces

Gwen Kaufmann, m+a - Friday, August 23, 2019    

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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) are partnering to help shape the future of how we travel by using digital traveller identity management throughout the whole Travel & Tourism sector. The agreement will see the two organisations collaborating, exchanging information and working together to achieve international harmonisation through the use of standards and interoperability across different parts of the travel and tourism journey. Both organisations are committed to increasing the use of biometric-enabled technology as the way to increase passenger efficiency while improving border security. The Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI) 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. The KTDI Pilot Consortium was officially launched in July 2019, with testing of the enabling technology to start during the course of 2019. WTTC, which represents the global private sector of travel and tourism, 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 Traveller Journey programme (STJ), WTTC has researched over 53 initiatives using biometrics in the travel and tourism sector and has identified potential emerging models – such as the WEF KTDI initiative – which may address the end-to-end traveller journey of the future. Dr. Christoph Wolff, head of the Mobility Industries and System Initiative, member of the executive committee of the World Economic Forum explained: "The Known Traveller Digital Identity concept was co-designed by stakeholders across the aviation, travel and tourism ecosystem with the intention of testing a platform that is scalable, interoperable and useful to all actors relying on identities in their service provision. As an open-source, vendor-agnostic approach that promotes privacy-by-design, we see it as a mechanism leading to full alignment as desired by both industry and public sector partners. Working alongside WTTC provides the valuable opportunity to refine the framework and platform to serve all travel and tourism services."


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