Australia recognized for leadership on biometric travel measures

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According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Australia continues to provide global leadership for biometrics-based travel facilitation efforts with the country’s trials of biometrics-based passenger identification technology at major airports.

During the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting in Sydney, the world’s largest gathering of airline leaders, Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “For many years, Australia has been at the forefront of its use of technology to promote Travel & Tourism, from e-visas to early adoption of processing. This trend continues with innovative trials of biometric technology in major Australian airports across the country.”

The WTTC has been advocating for biometrics adoption in the travel industry, and recently agreed to partner with the IATA to harmonize biometrics for the travel and tourism sector. At the recent World Travel and Tourism Council summit in Buenos Aires tourism officials said the travel industry could create 100 million new jobs in the next 10 years if it supported by infrastructure investments and biometrics and other technologies are deployed to make travelling more efficient and safe.

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