It comes after the group invested £600,000 in new health and safety measures across its 30 properties.
As part of their overall strategy to reopen, the business said it has “invested significantly” in the ‘Safe to Trade’ industry scheme that was launched in direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first hotel group in the UK to receive the industry accreditation for a number of hotels in their portfolio.
On Monday (June 29th), the business re-opened its first hotel to the public since the Coronavirus lockdown, the Hilton Garden Inn Custom House hotel in Dublin, which was awarded the ‘Safe to Trade’ accreditation last week in line with guidelines from the Irish Government.
While remaining closed to the public since the lockdown measures were implemented in March 2020, Amaris Hospitality continued to provide accommodation and services to key workers in many of their hotels during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and Ireland, with occupancy rates of around 30% within the period.
Amaris Hospitality chief operating officer, Paul Harnedy, said: “Following the successful reopening of our first hotel in Dublin on Monday, we’re now looking forward to the next phase of our strategy to reopen hotels across England and subsequently in Scotland and Wales.
“Getting prepared to re-open has involved a forensic analysis of all of our properties with substantial changes made across our operations, from a reassessment of how we manage our food and beverage offering, to our check-in processes and to the extensive rollout of new health and safety measures.”
He added: “Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, our hotels were outperforming the markets, and while we are pleased to see an increase in demand from clients ahead of reopening, particularly those in retail, construction and the public sector, we expect to operate at approximately 50% capacity across our portfolio in the immediate future.”