Source: Travel Agent Central
by Gaurav Benjeri
May 26, 2020
With hygiene the top focus of the world during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the travel and hospitality industries have upped their game to ensure a clean and safe environment for guests on the road.
From the U.S. to Thailand, here is how hotels and destinations are responding to the challenges of the new world.
Aiming to have a common set of hygiene standards across North American hotels, leading hospitality organizations of the U.S. and Canada have endorsed the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AHLA) Stay Safe, new cleanliness guidelines, developed by industry leaders and public health officials.
In addition to industry-wide endorsement of Safe Stay, local and state government organizations are also utilizing the industry protocols to inform governors, mayors, legislators and attorneys general as they work locally to reopen economies. The Stay Safe guidelines, which encompass employee and guest health and responsibilities, cleaning products and physical distancing protocols among others, bring a new level of focus and transparency to an industry built on cleanliness.
Already adopted in AHLA member hotels in all 50 states, Safe Stay has now been endorsed by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), Association of Lodging Professionals, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), Latino Hotel Association (LHA), National Association of Black Hotel Owner, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD) and U.S. Travel Association.