Hospitality Highlights 13th July 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
Over 50% of Americans are still uncomfortable with the idea of returning to restaurants and hotels.
The information comes from a survey conducted by YouGov which shows that more than half of people in the US are still uneasy about COVID-19. The country has the world death rate in the world by a significant margin and the virus is still very prevalent in some regions. Read more here.
Hotels are expected to become increasingly different places while COVID-19 remains in circulation.
Until a vaccine is found and distributed hotels will continue to maintain strict healthcare guidelines and social distancing measures. Hotel rooms themselves will be next to change, as things like minibars will vanish. It’s also expected that breakfast buffets will be removed as alternative arrangements are found. Read more here.
Domestic tourism in the UK is down by a fifth as a result of COVID-19.
But it’s not all bad news. Domestic trips are set to drop in 2020 by 22% as a result of the pandemic. This is due to more people staying home to avoid the virus. But at the same time, many people who were planning a foreign holiday may decide to opt for a domestic one instead, giving the industry a much-needed boost to make up the shortfall. Read more here.
Pub landlord calls no show customers ‘damaging and heartless’.
The Hare & Hounds, Bath opened on Super Saturday, the 4th July. Due to limited capacity, the pub encouraged customers to book a table in advance. This way social distancing measures could be adhered to at all times by controlling how many diners there were in the building. However, three tables simply never arrived without giving the pub notice. Owner Joe Cussens has called for more consideration from customers. Read more here.
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