Hospitality Highlights 29th June 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
Europe’s hotel occupancy rate decreased significantly in May. According to data from STR, the occupancy rates fell from 82.3% to 13.3% during the month of May. This was due to hotels closing as a result of COVID-19. These figures are to be expected though, as hotels were mostly forced to close not only of their own volition but in many cases by law. Many European hotels are beginning to reopen now, but with additional new cleanliness initiatives. Read more here.
Hospitality company Sonder has raised over $170 million during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The short-term apartment rental start-up has managed this feat by providing temporary accommodation to those who need somewhere safe to go during the pandemic. A representative said, “We pivoted our strategy toward temporary housing, took measures to get to a good financial place and a position to bounce back rapidly on the upswing.” Read more here.
Dubai announces new measures for welcoming tourists back as COVID-19 restrictions ease. The Kingdom is set to welcome travellers back from the 7th July. However, they have announced some strict rules that will apply once this date arrives. The UK Foreign Office has also created some advice for UK travellers who may be planning a trip to the region in the near future. Read more here.
The cooling systems of abattoirs could represent a risk of spreading coronavirus among workers. The worrying report comes as more and more countries are forced to close meat processing plants as the virus spreads through them in both Germany and the United States. The closing of more plants and subsequent outbreaks could have much wider ramifications if a solution isn’t found. Read more here.
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