• 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.  

 

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in