• Travelers Report Which Safety Protocols are Priorities for Hotel Stays

     
    POSTED August 28, 2020
     

According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The number one priority for frequent travelers is that hotel employees wear face masks, with 87 percent of participants saying that that would make them more comfortable while traveling. 86 percent of participants would prefer to forgo daily housekeeping, and only allowing entry to the room when guests give permission. The lowest priority for frequent travelers–although still agreed on by most participants at 77 percent–is that the pool and gym should be temporarily closed. 

Other conditions surveyed include requiring face masks for guests, implementing transparent barriers between the front desk and guests, signage for PPE and washing hands, and floor markings for social distancing, 

For this survey, AHLA defined "frequent travelers" as people who stay in hotels five nights a year. 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.