Covid19 live blog roundup: Hotels forge ahead despite Covid19’s resurgence
We summarise updates shared on the TOPHOTELNEWS Covid19 live blog to draw a picture of how the international hotel industry is negotiating the ongoing crisis.
The international hospitality industry has been sent into a tailspin with the sudden onslaught of the coronavirus crisis. From lockdowns to travel bans and border closures, hotels are having to navigate more uncertain waters than ever before.
Our team has been tracking in real-time how the industry is reacting to the continuing crisis, and here we recap some of the recent activity around the world, focusing on positive developments in particular.
Hotel openings keep on coming
Around the world, and most notably in the northern hemisphere where winter is just around the corner, societies are bracing for a second wave of coronavirus, if they’re not already in the throes of it. This will undoubtedly impact the hospitality industry, but hotels continue to trade in the vast majority of cases, and lots more openings are still due to take place before the year is out.
In terms of specifics, the iconic Kimpton Fitzroy London is to reopen after closing due to the pandemic, while Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel in LA is due to welcome guests back through its doors, with new safety and hygiene protocols in place. Meanwhile, the hotly anticipated Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Madrid has opened and, across the Atlantic, The West Hollywood Edition is back too. In addition, Marriott International is celebrating the opening of a new property in Ohio, TownePlace Suites Columbus North-OSU, and a St Regis hotel in Cairo.
More positive news from the travel sector
Thankfully, it’s not just openings that are happening in the world of hospitality. The sector is having to innovate to stay afloat, and as the world settles into a new normal, there’s certainly plenty to talk about in the international hotel industry.
In a move that’s sure to provide plenty of food for thought in the coming months, the World Tourism Organization has launched a Tourism Recovery Tracker, which is designed to support the global travel industry by following a variety of key tourism indicators. This will allow governments and businesses to see how their country and others are performing in regards to the recovery.
Good news from Mexico too, where hotel occupancy rates are increasing – they’re expected to reach approximately 60% by the end of the year. However, in Colombia, it’s now been confirmed that the National Hospitality Congress and CotelCoExpo will be held virtually this year between 13 and 16 October.
Elsewhere, two new hotels are being planned for an exciting development in Frankfurt – Kimpton and Hyatt House will be integrated into the Four Frankfurt complex and are due to complete in 2023/24. It’s also been announced that Absolute Hotel Services is planning its first hotel in Laos, the 94-key Eastin Hotel Vientiane, while Marriott has opened its seventh property in China’s largest city, Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong South.