COVID 19 Pandemic has affected the economy of the world badly. Almost all industries are facing financial trouble due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. One of such industries is hospitality and tourism. Now, a question arises here, is it safe to travel again? We will try to answer some frequently asked questions related to the coronavirus impact on hospitality and tourism in this article. Let’s begin.
As countries begin to reopen after lockdown, which places in the world will be safe to travel?
The novel coronavirus has spread to almost all the countries of the world. 177 countries reported cases of coronavirus. Most of the airlines have cut international flights. Most of the nations have closed their borders for travellers. It might be possible that some countries will reopen after lockdown for tourists, but you may face a 2-week quarantine. Moreover, some countries are creating a tourism bubble by allowing the residents of neighbouring countries. But the timetable for reopening the borders completely and closing necessary quarantines remains uncertain.
What precautions should be taken in flights?
In order to maintain social distance in flights, the flights will not operate with 100% full of passengers. According to the latest industry data, while some flights are operating with 20% fewer passengers, on the other hand, some flights are operating with only 50% of passengers. Moreover, some major airlines are also decreasing flight food and beverage services for customers. This helps in limiting the contact between the customers and the crew.
The World Health Organisation has advised travellers to exercise safety precautions while travelling. Some of these safety practices include the use of antiseptic wipes on surfaces, use of hand sanitizers, etc.
What about vacation rental?
The answer to this question is yes, but it is not available everywhere. Several states and countries banned giants like Airbnb, VRBO, etc. for a short period. But some of the countries like North and South Carolina lifted their bans earlier this month. In the start of July month, Maine, a state of the United States will allow visitors to book vacation rentals. On the other hand, Vermont, another state in the US indicated that the state will abolish its ban from short term vacations in the mid of the June.
What about hotels?
Several hotels are temporarily waiving fees for cancellation and rebooking. If you are planning to book a hotel for your Mini vacations, it is advised that you should check the hotel’s cancellation policies before booking it. In case you booked a hotel through a third party, you have to follow their rules. Keep yourself updated with the hotel website, so you will not miss any necessary information.