Both Portugal and Greece are selling themselves as the safest holiday destination to travel in Europe. Portugal introduces hygiene certification to designate tourist facilities as “Clean and Safe”. Quarantine hotels are provided by Greece and they have “COVID-19 rooms” to set aside to quarantine anyone testing positive for the virus.
Hotels such as the Roundtree in Long Island have plenty of space to spread out chairs and all rooms are accessed from outdoors. Airiness in indoor spaces also adds to the hotel’s preparations for operating during a pandemic.
The absence of hordes of tourists helped Venetians envision what the city can be. Ideas examined range from increasing permanent residents to developing slow and sustainable tourism programs, such as academic programs, where tourist apartments are used to house students and bring new energy to the city.
Casinos, such as Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is taking measures to reopen that include Black Jack tables with 3 instead of 6 seats and deactivated slot machines that ensure social distancing.
Lodging contributes nearly $600 billion to U.S. GDP and supports over 1 in 25 jobs in America. Hotels have been hit really hard due to the pandemic, with over 80% of hotel rooms in America being empty. Low-rise resorts and hotels in non-urban areas, such as Montage Hotels, encourage social isolation compared to high-rise downtown hotels.
The US Travel Association released guidelines to ensure travelers’ safety and regain the trust needed for travel to resume. Hygiene and cleanliness are primary issues of consideration. Hotels like Marriott and Airbnb are updating their cleaning policies with technology like electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectant and the home rental platform insisting on a 24-hour vacancy period between guest stays.
Reopening a city like New York takes synergies among multiple sectors–from the arts to hospitality. This falls under Principle #1 – Synergistic Communities. For NY, this means the formation of the Coalition for NYC Hospitality & Tourism Recovery, which includes Broadway’s Lin-Manuel Miranda as one of the five co-chairs and restauranteur and hospitality giant Danny Meyer among the key players.
Reopening hotels is instrumental to the revival of the tourism industry on which so many countries and communities depend for survival. Figuring out social distancing will be crucial and the same for cleanliness guidelines, such as the ones proposed by Trident Hotels. Cleaning is so cumbersome, it will be a question of how it can be enforced.
Greece hopes to re-open to tourists on July 1. Part of the procedure will involve testing of those arriving at the airport. As airports transform into testing centers, we need to examine the implications for spaces and flow of people.
Airlines are re-envisioning the middle seat in an effort to maintain social distancing while on the air as well as the ground.