• 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. 

Last November, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a comprehensive $450 million “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” recovery package to support New York’s hard-hit tourism sector. Part of that package is a $25 million “Meet in New York” grant program that focuses on venues and events that generate and support business-related travel. “This holistic approach to visitation recognizes the spending habits of business and convention travelers for overnight stays, food, and activities,” the governor’s press office noted.

 

After having closed its doors in November 2019 for an extensive renovation, The Pridwin Hotel & Cottages on Shelter Island, New York, is accepting reservations beginning July 15. The 49-room luxury property, which dates to 1927, will be reopening under the ownership of a collaboration between Cape Resorts, a hospitality investment and management company specializing in adaptive reuse and historical preservation of resort properties, and the Petry family, who has owned and operated the resort since 1961. 

 

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”