It’s been a tough year for the hotel industry, to say the least. Quarantine mandates and other restrictions have caused Americans to cut back on travel in a very meaningful way, and that’s caused a serious decline in lodging demand. And while things will hopefully improve for hotels once coronavirus vaccines become widely available to the public and the pandemic is better controlled, the hospitality industry has a number of rough years ahead. Here are four statistics that highlight just how bad the problem is, per the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
IDAHO FALLS — With so many people avoiding travel during the pandemic, hotel bookings plunged throughout 2020. But one Idaho Falls hotel, Destinations Inn, continued to see strong sales. The hotel’s success has come from a surprising clientele group for a hotel: Idaho Falls residents.
“The highest percentage of our clients are locals,” owner Larry Fisher said.
Destinations Inn on West Broadway bills itself as a place to “travel the world without leaving Idaho Falls.” Each of its 14 rooms have different destination themes. There is the Egypt room with sphinx statues and hieroglyphic-covered walls. The Hawaii room has tropical
A group of Canadians in Zimbabwe were denied a flight back to Canada, after they spent hours unsuccessfully trying to book a government-authorized hotel stay, an incident Transport Canada now says shouldn’t have happened.
“We begged an [airline] desk agent to assist us,” Nicola Dawson, who has spent the last five years living in Zimbabwe caring for her ailing grandparents, told CTVNews.ca by phone on Tuesday.
Dawson was one of approximately 10 other travellers, including at least three other Canadians and several U.K. citizens, who were unable to board an Ethiopian Airlines flight en-route to Toronto on Monday.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced hotel employees should receive an early COVID-19 vaccination due to their close proximity to guests.
According to WESH.com, the latest federal guidance from the CDC prioritizes “Traveler Accommodation” under its essential workers category, which elevates hotel workers to Phase 1c.
While the CDC recommendation does not mandate that states prioritize hotel workers, it put them in a category below frontline essential workers, but in the same group as religious organizations, utilities and various store retailers.
American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) President Chip Rogers said
InterContinental Hotels Group, owner of the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands, has warned that the difficulties of the “most challenging year” in its history have stretched into 2021 as new strains of coronavirus force countries to close borders and limit travel.
Keith Barr, the group’s chief executive, said the company was hoping that bookings would pick up in the second half of the year but that the recovery was hard to forecast because it was “totally related to vaccines”.
Worries about permanent damage to business travel were “highly exaggerated”, he added, but he did not expect that part of
May Samali knew she’d reached her limit when she saw a tentacle emerging from her hotel dinner in Sydney, Australia.
“I called downstairs and said, ‘I’m a vegan now, thank you!’” she said. “It was just so much fish. I’d gotten to the point where even thinking about it made me gag.”
Ms. Samali swore off the seemingly unlimited seafood while in the middle of a required quarantine in the Hotel Sofitel in Sydney this December and early January. An executive coach, she was repatriating back to Australia after her U.S. work visa expired. In addition to an excess of