Google introduces search feature showing hotels currently open

The search engine will show percentage of open hotels

Google has added new content to its travel search results feature, taking into consideration the vast number of hotel closures across the globe.

In the UAE alone, as of June 2020, 16 percent of the country’s hotels tracked by Cavendish Maxwell had either closed or operated at minimum capacity. On a room basis, 27 percent had closed in Dubai vs eight percent in Abu Dhabi.

In the coming days, Google will show the percentage of open hotels, as well as availability and percentage of flights operating at a city or country.

Data will come from Google Flights and Hotels data from the previous week.

Links to additional resources such as travel advisories and the number of COVID-19 cases in that destination are also provided.

Google is also giving users the ability to filter their hotel and vacation rental search results to only see properties that offer free cancellations.

In Cavendish Maxwell’s report, it warned more hotels could close in the UAE despite market conditions starting to improve.

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