Arnold Donald, chief executive of Carnival Corporation, has called for a uniform approach to the reopening the tourism sector in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit, he explained: “We need uniformity and consistency around the world; we have health ministries, tourism ministries and travel ministries in governments and none of them are on the same page.
“We need a science-based, unform approach so that people can travel safely again.”
Carnival Corporation was forced to halt all sailings in March last year as the Covid-19 pandemic spread around the world and has yet to return in many markets.
The group currently expects six of its nine brands to resume limited guest cruise operations by this summer.
Aida resumed operations in March sailing in the Canary Islands, while Costa began sailing to Italian ports in May.
P&O Cruises, Cunard and Princess Cruises will each offer a series of UK cruises this summer, while Seabourn expects to offer trips sailing from Greece.
However, negotiations are ongoing with the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention in the United States about the return of the sector in the key North American market.
Addressing around 600 in person delegates at the…