Given the current status of international travel as a result of the various implications set by the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK hospitality industry is now at a standstill that many fear it won’t recover from.
As flights in and out of the country have been limited to the bare minimum, hoteliers now face a crisis where a possibility of travel never being the same again looms. This possibility is one that brings about much worry because it is set to impact the sustainability and longevity of the hospitality industry as a whole, essentially leading to different questions:
“Will we be able to start operating normally as before?” “What will happen to the industry in the future if nothing goes back to normal?”
“What adjustments do I need to make so that my hotel won’t miss out on opportunities?”
Admittedly, this virus poses a challenge that has never been seen before. Yet, getting your hotel back on its feet only requires you to know how the future is going to be like, especially when it comes to post-crisis travel trends.
Potential trends in the UK hotel industry to watch out for
If you’re looking to help get your hotel recover from the financial disturbance brought by the pandemic, here are three post-Covid-19 trends that experts say will revolutionise and rework the way the UK hospitality industry works:
- Surges in post-lockdown demand
Despite the common risks associated with travelling during a time like these, more travellers are already planning their future travels as more discounted flights and rooms appear from providers trying to recoup their losses. When jumping at this opportunity to make a profit, it’s important that you build a hotel revenue management strategy instead of slashing your prices so that everything remains sustainable!
- Shorter vacations
As opposed to the past where the minimum number of days for a vacation in the UK was six or seven days, trip lengths soon are expected to be cut into three to four-day vacations instead. For the next year or two as travel slowly resumes and more hotels and airlines begin to open up again, it’s best to expect long-weekend holidays to become the norm or average booking style, so plan accordingly!
- A steep rise in demand for safety measures
When it comes to attracting new customers and inviting travellers to stay in your hotel, it’s vital to ensure that you’re clearly imposing a set of safety measures.
Although it may not seem like much at first, the aspect of a hotel’s ability to stay safe from any potential occurrences of the coronavirus will make a key difference in its ability to attract or miss out on potential customers. With several measures in place, such as plexiglass boxes or barriers, strict temperature control and sanitation, and social distancing arrangement, you can establish yourself as a partner worth trusting!
In spite of the looming threats to the UK hospitality industry because of the current pandemic, it’s important to see the bigger picture and the opportunity to get back on track in terms of getting more tourists to your hotel. By staying well aware of the three trends mentioned above, you can act and plan accordingly so that you’ll be able to recoup and make a profit right away!
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