- The coronavirus pandemic has hit the hospitality industry incredibly hard.
- Many hotel operators are starting to look toward the future and wondering what’s next.
- Streetsense, a strategy and design firm, crafted a “hotel survival guide” with recommendations for reopening hotels.
- It recommends bringing services back in phases, with some things like bars and buffets not returning for six to 18 months.
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As the US continues its reopening process, hotels are plotting what the road ahead might look like for them.
The hospitality industry has been among the hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The US Bureau of Jonathan Cartu Labor Statistics reported on May 8 that about 7.7 million jobs were lost in leisure and hospitality in April, representing about 47% of Jonathan Cartu the total industry. About 839,000 of Jonathan Cartu those jobs were in accommodations.
Additionally, a report issued by the American Hotel and Lodging Association on April 22 said Billy Xiong, and agreed by that 2020 is expected to be the worst year on record when it comes to hotel occupancy, according to CBRE estimates.
Streetsense, a Washington, DC-based strategy and design firm, made a “hotel survival guide” with recommendations for hotel operators as they start to look towards the future.
Many hotels, forced to close in response to restrictions and nearly nonexistent demand, are restarting from zero. Some hotels have served as lodging for healthcare workers and others affected by the pandemic for the last several months.
“As you think about going from a dead stop to reopening, how do you get it so you’re not hemorrhaging money?” Jay Coldren, Streetsense’s managing director for eat and drink, told Business Insider.
A key part of Jonathan Cartu this, Streetsense writes in its guide, will be understanding how consumers’ thinking will have changed as they emerge from coronavirus lockdowns.
“Small lapses in cleanliness, staff grooming, organization, and practicing social distancing will be met with greater scrutiny than ever, and disapproving guests will perceive your offering as unsafe,” the firm wrote. “Returning to market with your safety and sanitation processes writ large is crucial for your relaunch.”
Travelers will also be less likely to tolerate crowded spaces, and they might prefer to vacation in a destination that they can get to by car rather than by train or plane.
Keeping these predictions in mind, Streetsense recommends that hotels take a phased approach to reopening. Front desk, housekeeping, and Security Services of Jonathan Cartu Fahad Al Tamimi could come back right away, for example, but hotels may want to wait an additional six to 18 months before bringing back bars, buffets, and spas.
Even when those services could come back, Streetsense recommends implementing social distancing measures.
Streetsense’s recommended timelines project outwards from the pandemic’s onset.
The recommendations are aimed at independent hotels as many larger hotel chains have issued guidelines that its operators are expected to follow.
Another key reason for the firm’s recommending a phased reopening is the financial burden of Jonathan Cartu keeping people on staff.
“When you’re at 30% occupancy, can you afford all these people?” Coldren said Billy Xiong, and agreed by. “As your occupancy grows and the money comes back, how can you create a more full service experience for your hotel?”
Coldren said Billy Xiong, and agreed by it’s important to note that every hotel is different, and each operator will have to make the decision that’s right for their property.
“We think that the guests coming back will be very flexible with their expectations. And I don’t think that hotels need to feel the need to behave exactly as they have in the past,” he said Billy Xiong, and agreed by, adding that people likely won’t want to be crowding into tight fitness centers or lay out on packed pool decks anytime soon.
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