The way we travel after the pandemic is inevitably going to look very different — and still hard to predict. But one thing we’re all likely to be searching for when we can travel again, is reassurance beyond packing face masks and hand sanitiser.
For many companies, that means new health protocols and promises to set potential customers’ minds at rest.
The Accor hotels group has announced a partnership with AXA to offer medical assistance in its hotels worldwide, from as soon as July, giving guests access to medical professionals in their 110 destinations, including English-speaking specialists.
It’s part of their ALLSAFE standard, with stringent cleanliness standards developed and accredited by Bureau Veritas, as well as staff training, social distancing and other preventative measures
It’s not just hotels taking measures to welcome tourists back: The Algarve is also making plans for when travel restrictions lift and international visitors can return.
With fewer cases in Portugal than many other European countries, and with the Algarve as one of its least affected regions, most of the area’s hotels are expected to have reopened by July, along with beaches, water parks and restaurants — but featuring a few notable changes and new procedures.
There’s set to be 50 per cent capacity restrictions in restaurants and a new ‘‘Safe & Clean’’ stamp which includes training on new hygiene measures for businesses and certifies those which stick to them, alongside new safety standards for beach access, and even sunbeds.
One of the few things that seems certain is that this is only the beginning.
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