This mobile app is launching soon to help protect the Caribbean’s tourism industry
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on October 24, 2020
Early next month, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) will launch the Caribbean Traveler’s Health Mobile App to lessen the impact of COVID-19 and other public health threats. The agency will also launch another initiative known as the Caribbean Travelers Health Assurance stamp for Healthier Safer Tourism (HST).
These two initiatives aim to protect the Caribbean region’s tourism sector and safeguard the health and safety of residents and visitors. According to Dr. Joy St. John, CARPHA’s Executive Director, the initiatives are a part of the Traveler’s Health Program (THP) set up by CARPHA. This program provides an early monitoring and response system to public health issues that impact tourism.
Dr. John also highlighted that the HST stamp has been officially approved by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the region’s leading tourism organizations. This stamp is a measurable and verifiable award for touristic spots and entities who are practicing recommended proactive COVID-19 health monitoring and safety measures.
One benefit for entities with the HST stamp is being listed as preferred options on the Caribbean Traveler’s Health Mobile App and CARPHA’s and CHTA’s websites with links to regional and international health and tourism stakeholders.
The app will provide useful health information for travelers and residents, including vaccination requirements, health care locations, and available places for accommodation. This handy app will also alert users of current public health issues such as COVID-19 proactive/prevention measures and travel requirements by country (testing, health screening, pre-approval, and tracking).
Sometime next year, the app will be expanded to include cruise ships with the HST stamp, explained Dr. Lisa Indar, Director of Surveillance and Head of the THP.
“CARPHA is uniquely resourced and positioned to provide reliable travelers health information of this detail and magnitude,” she added. She also noted that the app was designed for both iOS and Android platforms.
CARPHA, a regional public health agency for the Caribbean was legally established in July 2011 by an Inter-Governmental Agreement signed by Caribbean Community Member States and began operation in January 2013.
Other efforts by CARPHA aimed at protecting tourism in the Caribbean and safeguarding the health and safety of residents and visitors include CARPHA’s Proactive COVID-19 Health Measures for Tourism. These measures involve the Tourism and Health Information System (THiS), a web-based early warning and response information system to keep track of illnesses in real-time and provide relevant information to curb the effects of COVID-19.