Travel Safety – Ways the Tourism Industry Is Adjusting to Make Travel Safe
Safety is the Upmost Priority
In addition to hurting the travel industry, the pandemic tore down our sense of travel safety.
Now, as re-opening begins, travel companies are doing their best to enact policies, plans. These include new measures to keep everyone safe.Check out the ways in which travel has changed to ensure the safety of all.
Hotel Room Ionization
Some hotels are implementing new technology to make guestrooms safe for visitors. In addition to full room sanitation every third day, the rooms at Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve in Puerto Rico will undergo three hours of ionization following guest check out. Ionization uses electrically-charged air molecules to purify the room air of particulates, microbes, and odors. There is some research that shows ionization can stop the spread of viruses like COVID-19.
Hotels are Offering Health Care Memberships
Four Montage Hotels & Resorts properties and two Pendry Hotels & Resorts properties will be offering guests a new amenity. Health care memberships with One Medical. The 24/7 virtual health care service is provided to guests for 30 days through a mobile app. Guests can take advantage of services like prescription renewals. In addition to remote health assessments, and doctor’s appointments with a nearby One Medical office.
Ultraviolet light is being used by various sectors in the travel industry. This includes subways and buses in New York City to ITC Hotels. Ultraviolet lamps are effective in killing COVID-19, as well as other viruses like SARS, influenza, and ebola. We may even see them used in airports soon. Pittsburgh International Airport has placed them on their floor-cleaning robots to scrub the airport of the coronavirus.
Required COVID-19 Testing
Almost everyone in the travel industry will be doing temperature checks on their employees. Some are taking this further and requiring their staff to be regularly tested for COVID-19. For example , Maison Privee, a short term rental service in Dubai. Their employees and contractors will be regularly tested for COVID-19 with the COVID-19 IgM Rapid Testing Kit.
Alaska, similarly, is requiring all incoming passengers to take a COVID-19 test. Also, Emirates Airlines was the first airline to conduct coronavirus testing on passengers.
In addition to UV light cleaning and in-room ionization, some hotels and airlines are using other technology like electrostatic spraying. Marriott will use electrostatic sprayers through the hotel. The hospital-grade disinfectant is highly-recommended by the CDC and WHO to fight COVID-19.
Temperature checks before boarding planes or cruises will surely be the new normal. Though you might see it in other areas of travel too, like theme parks and hotels. Frontier Airlines will screen passengers for COVID-19 with touchless thermometers. Canadian Airports are now requiring temperature checks for incoming and outgoing travelers.
New Amenities in Rooms
New amenities like disinfectant wipes, masks, and hand sanitizer have replaced minibars. While it might not be the relaxing amenities you’ve come to expect, these new ‘safety amenities’ are necessary to limit the spread of the virus.