There’s no doubt the travel and tourism industry has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving hotels across the globe considering the future very carefully. Globally, the industry is at a standstill. According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), since mid-February, hotels in the US have lost more than $46 billion in room revenue.
In Europe, an inconsistent COVID-19 response is likely to delay any recovery, while the pandemic is now on the rise in areas less equipped to cope, such as South Asia, the Middle East and other emerging economies.
There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel. An FT analysis of data from five countries recently revealed that in the countries that have vaccinated the largest shares of their populations, there are signs that the end of this pandemic may be in sight.
Easing post-lockdown anxiety will not be straightforward. The safety of employees and customers should always take priority. Hygiene standards must be tightened and controls must be in place to control any further spread of the virus. Every business has been forced to learn new ways of working, but as more and more successful vaccines are introduced across the globe, the main focus will be on reassuring and restoring trust as the pandemic slowly subsides.
Below are some handy steps hotels can take to ensure staff and guests are better protected as they prepare to re-open.
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