What to know before staying in a hotel again, according to experts
Exercise due diligence
Before getting on a plane or taking the road, familiarize yourself with the current of your destination rules and regulations. Check national and international tourism websites for regional mandates and continue to follow CDC guidelines. And just because public spaces may have lifted restrictions for things like social distancing and masks, it doesn’t necessarily mean your hotel has.
“Travelers should know that hotels should not only follow the guidelines of national regulations, but also corporate regulations,” says Taylor Combs, director of sales at Sheraton and Wyndham Garden in Niagara Falls. “Each hotel chain has its own set of guidelines that managed and franchised hotels must adhere to. And nothing is permanent: we’ve all seen that Covid mandates can change by the minute.
If you don’t know what to expect, Kylie Shmida, Experience Manager at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Oahu, recommend calling your hotel prior to your stay. “We have a wealth of information and are more than happy to show you how you can travel in a more sustainable way, or share local shops or restaurants that need a little more love these days. “
“In order to remain open and allow tourists to explore … we need everyone’s cooperation as we navigate this new world of travel together,” adds Liliana Mascolo, Public Relations and Communications Manager of the Poseidon Hotel in Positano, Italy.