With more people traveling and vacationing during the pandemic, hotels will need to adapt and focus on keeping their customers and staff safe. Below are four quick and easy adjustments that could be made for your hotel.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, nearly twice as many people have stayed at a hotel compared to those who have flown, confirming local tourism is alive and well. Hotel managers should consider a potential new customer base by targeting their neighbors as people look for quick getaways throughout the pandemic.
ENTERING THE HOTEL
Consider what your lobby will look like to a fresh set of eyes as they navigate travel post-lockdown. Is it cluttered? Does the layout allow for proper social distancing measures? Gensler says simplicity in design can promote the perception of cleanliness and ease the mindset of guests. Think about where things are placed and how that can create a clean feeling.
While check-in remains a crucial part of the hotel experience, it could use a makeover. Consider mobile check-in to limit face-to-face contact. Failing that, clear plastic partitions enhance safety for you and your guests. Finally, temperature checks help provide peace of mind that your guests are in good health. Achieve this without putting your staff at risk with CaptivateScan, a portable all-in-one display that features a body temperature scanner, face mask detection and hand sanitizer dispenser.
Your guests will thank you. 70% of survey respondents said mask mandates would make them feel “safer and more comfortable” when visiting a hotel. More than half (56%) would feel better with temperature scans at check-in.
It’s important to clearly communicate changes you’ve made during the pandemic, such as adding additional sanitizing stations or limiting occupancy in common areas. Additionally, educate your guests on what’s important to you during the pandemic. Wearing a mask? Frequently washing hands? Wiping down surfaces after use? Diligently communicating rules and regulations you have set in place will be key to keeping your guests and staff safe. It will also help your guests feel more comfortable and put their minds at ease. In fact, nearly half (47%) of travelers said this kind of messaging and communication would make them feel “safer and more comfortable” when staying at a hotel.
There’s no denying that travel looks different these days, but with a few tweaks and technological advances, hospitality can persevere without sacrificing safety.