Hospitality Highlights 18th March 2020
Update 18/03/2020 – Coronavirus Briefing for the Hospitality Industry
UK Hospitality Industry Faces “Thousands of Closures”
The news comes in response to the lack of footfall and bookings throughout the UK hospitality industry, forcing hotels and restaurants to close. Or at least function on minimal capacity. This has forced some businesses to make tough decisions such as sending staff home to save money.
In response to the crisis that the virus has brought on the hospitality sector, the UK government has pledged £330 billion in aid. Although this may not be enough to stem the damage to some smaller companies or compensate workers who are unable to earn a living.
Dubai Government Close all Bars and Restaurants
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai issued a statement about the restriction saying, “ In line with Dubai Government precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its residents and visitors; Dubai Tourism notifies all bars, pubs and lounges to close with immediate effect from today (Monday 16 march 2020) till the end of March.”
They have confirmed that restaurants will still be able to provide takeaways for their customers, allowing them to continue to stay open and earn money.
European Union Ban All ‘None Essential Travel’ For 30 Days
In an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus the EU has issued a travel ban for 30 days. Asking travellers to limit their movements to essential travel only. A representative said
“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus. Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union. These travel restrictions should be in place for an initial period of 30 days which can be prolonged as necessary.”
Are There Lessons Hotels Can Learn from China’s Coronavirus Response?
China and the rest of the Far East were hit first by coronavirus, in fact it stuck quickly and hard before many nations in that region were able to formulate a plan of action. Just like everywhere else in the world, their hospitality industry suffered a slump in bookings alongside widespread cancellations.
But there has been light at the end of the tunnel. While the rest of the world ‘batters down the hatches’ in preparation the pandemic’s impact, China and the Far East are already starting their road to recovery. The hospitality industry is slowly showing signs of life which is encouraging for the rest of the world.
If this region (which was arguably hit the hardest) can begin to recover in such a short space of time after containing the virus, then it means we all can. After all, coronavirus is a blip. There will soon come a day when it’s a distant memory.