Editor's comment: How long before the UAE's hotels return to normal?
Hotelier Middle East’s Claudia de Brito talks about what it takes to return to normality and the light at the end of the tunnel
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease around the world, it has become clear that that it will take some time for both the hotels and their guests to resume ‘normal’ operations and habits. Social distancing measures will remain for some time, and we can be sure that a new 'normal' will emerge.
A recently published Bloomberg article uses Wuhan, which ended its lockdown at the end of March, as an example of what we can expect when we return to our daily lives. According the article, though residents can now return to living as they used to, “it’s not clear, after what they’ve endured, that they really want to. Shopping malls and department stores are open again, but largely empty. The same is true of restaurants; people are ordering in instead.”
A big part of getting back to business will be assuring guests that it’s safe for them to stay in hotels again. With this in mind, Hotelier Middle East has launched a new video series called Hospitality 2.0, which chronicles how hotel operations across the region have been adapted and allows hoteliers to explain, ﬁrst hand, the measures that are being taken to prioritise and protect the wellbeing of both employees and guests.
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The May issue of the magzine is also out now, and it celebrates 50 properties from across the region. The list could have been much longer. There's nothing normal about what you do and the places you work - they're extraordinary, and the issue is a representation of that.
Claudia de Brito, Editor