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Aruba continues to lead the charge in digital innovation, revolutionizing the travel experience and reinforcing its position as a pioneering force in the global tourism industry.

Aruba continues to lead the charge in digital innovation, revolutionizing the travel experience and reinforcing its position as a pioneering force in the global tourism industry.

The innovative strides taken by Aruba in the realm of digital advancement are setting new benchmarks in travel convenience and security. Recently, the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) joined forces with the Office of Minister of Tourism and Public Health to introduce the groundbreaking Aruba Happy One Pass (AHOP) program. This pioneering digital travel credential system revolutionizes the visitor experience by enabling travelers to securely store their data on personal mobile devices and seamlessly share it with immigration officials. This eliminates the need for physical passports during pre-boarding verification and border crossings, making the travel process hassle-free while prioritizing privacy.

Scheduled for a full rollout in March 2024, AHOP signifies Aruba’s commitment to enhancing the tourism industry’s landscape through innovation. Ronella Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority, emphasized how these achievements underscore Aruba’s dedication to offering exceptional travel experiences while accelerating vacations for visitors.

AHOP leverages mobile devices to transform physical passports into verifiable digital credentials, employing additional biometric checks via facial recognition at immigration checkpoints. This streamlined process not only reduces wait times but also mitigates the risks associated with errors, identity theft, or fraud, ensuring a smoother and safer travel experience.

Minister Dangui Oduber champions AHOP as a catalyst for digital transformation across various sectors, envisioning its application beyond tourism to include hospitality, events, and services. This cutting-edge technology positions Aruba at the forefront of the global tourism industry, reflecting the island’s commitment to pioneering digital innovation.

The collaboration between AHOP and SITA, a leader in border control technology, signifies a monumental step towards digital travel. By prioritizing passenger privacy and data control, AHOP ensures compliance with data protection laws and fosters trust among visitors by allowing them complete ownership of their information.

Heather Dahl, CEO of Indicio, a key player in verifiable data and decentralized identity technology, applauds AHOP’s integration of biometrics, emphasizing its role in enhancing identity verification and accelerating Aruba’s digital travel transformation.

AHOP’s development builds upon the Aruba Tourism Authority’s previous work on managing traveler health data during the COVID-19 pandemic. It aligns with globally recognized standards such as the International Air Transport Association’s One ID and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s digital travel credential standards, leveraging open-source technologies for maximum interoperability.

Source: Aruba Tourism Authority

To learn more about AHOP, interested individuals can visit www.ArubaHOP.com.

For media inquiries: Contact: Zeno Group arubapress@zenogroup.com

Cefrenne Arendsz Public Relations Manager Office of the Minister of Tourism and Public Health cefrenne.arendsz@gobierno.aw



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