Mandeep S Lamba | September 13, 2021
By Mandeep Lamba, Dipti Mohan It's no secret that after COVID, staycations – vacations near to home, within the same city, or at drive-able destinations – are becoming increasingly popular around the world. Staycations allowed people to escape their daily routines post the many lockdowns, while also helping the hotel industry in weathering the COVID-storm when demand from all other customer groups came to a halt. Furthermore, with the rise of work-from-home and e-schooling, many people were able to enjoy staycations without taking long leaves. In the past year, everyone from homestay and vacation rental owners to hoteliers with propert...
Dr. Alan Fyall | August 28, 2020
By Dr. Alan Fyall Months into the pandemic, it has now become cliché to talk about how COVID-19 has battered the travel and hospitality industry. Still, no matter how cliché, the severity of the situation continues to be a reality. Unfortunately, in all likelihood we are going to have to continue enduring these challenges for the foreseeable future, at least until a vaccine is found. Having said that, I do believe there are things the industry can do to alleviate some of its current hardship. The first thing to remember is that as brutal as the effects of the pandemic have been, there’s no reason to believe the industry won’t re...
Larry Mogelonsky | July 29, 2020
By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.hotelmogel.com) This is the summer for staycations. With group, convention and most corporate travel in stall mode due to COVID-19, you will need strong programs in place to motivate leisure guests from now-critical drive markets to continue to book with you through the autumn months. As part of this seismic shift in travel behavior, first consider the disruption to L2B timeframes. For the rest of summer, bookings at this point may mostly be last-minute as travelers hold out due to the vacillating news cycle on Covid numbers. Many rural resorts already have high occupancy and simply need a few nigh...
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