Getting Back to Work in Events, Catering, and Tourism Sectors
The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been deeply felt across the hospitality industry. Most businesses suffered huge losses due to the closure and millions of workers lost their jobs. Even the most popular brands have felt the economic impact as a result of lack of or less tourism across the country. A majority of the customers prefer staying indoors to protect their health and save money. However, the hospitality industry is quickly adapting to the challenges through various innovative solutions.
Most flights have been grounded for an unspecified period of time, which has become a blow to hotel and accommodation providers. Some hotel owners have decided to market their services to different audiences such as utilising bed spaces for affected COVID-19 patients and offering hotels to host medical staff combating the virus. Below are some of the developments and innovative solutions that the events, catering, and tourism sectors are implementing.
- Smaller Groups of Gatherings
The government has restricted most events and even cancelled some. However, there’s been an introduction of smaller gatherings but they’re required to incorporate strict social distancing measures. You can use a social distancing fence to encourage your members, customers and employees to stick to the 6-feet rule at all times. The events sector has also experienced a significant shift to live streaming events, which allows the members and clients to participate in the comfort of their homes. Today, there are smaller groups for birthday parties, socially distanced funerals, and smaller weddings, among other events.
- Property Upgrades
Hotel and accommodation providers are constantly focusing on winning local business as domestic travel opens back up. One way of doing this is by embracing property upgrades such as installing hand sanitisers, protective screens, reducing or eliminating common areas, and setting elevator restrictions. Improving the aesthetics of your facility can help win the trust of your clients as far as safety is concerned and also make it more attractive.
- Keeping Guests Safe
The safety of your guests should be your priority. You’ll need to consider what guests may want to have in their rooms to help enhance their safety against COVID-19. Some of the items that you can include in the hotel are hand sanitisers, gloves, and face clothing. It’s imperative that you implement a rigorous cleaning schedule reviewed regularly, depending on the number of guests available. You should also consider removing amenities that can be difficult to sanitise effectively, such as pens, books, and magazines.
- Virtual Tours
Most businesses are moving towards digitizing some of their operations as a way of limiting human interactions in the workplace. Some businesses are implementing virtual property tours to ensure risk is kept to a minimum while at the same time generating business post-COVID-19. Virtual tours can help facilitate customer loyalty when the customers see specific areas of your hotel and are convinced you’re taking new measures seriously.
- Hygienic Packaging
The catering businesses are also implementing post-COVID measures including hygienic packaging to help provide the end-user with a sense of trust and safety. The packaging can allow for safe food handling and provides contactless delivery to customers. This idea can greatly impact those businesses who are interested in implementing reusable and sustainable alternatives since the new measures seem to prioritise human health over environmental aims.