While many corporate travel plans have changed due to the spread of COVID-19, some people are still travelling for work right now, all around the world.
Here are five top tips from GBT’s Hotel Strategy Team to help you keep safe and healthy while on the road:
- Consider booking smaller hotels or non-traditional accommodations. It is important for your safety to follow your company’s booking policy – and to book within its designated channels, so your employers know where you are. But consider what options are available: it makes sense to be in proximity to as few people as possible – so look at smaller hotels, or non-traditional corporate accommodation, such as serviced apartments.
- Avoid the front desk or handling key cards by using app-based mobile check-ins, virtual keys and digital check-outs wherever available. Many properties don’t require that you stop by the front desk to check-out. Consider calling down from your room prior to check-out and having your invoice sent to your email. Many properties offer these services and you can use them to your advantage.
- Wipe down key areas of your hotel room: While the housekeeping staff are doing everything they can to keep your room clean and sanitized between guests, you can’t be too careful. We recommend traveling with cleaning wipes so you can wipe down key touchpoints in your room – including door handles, light switches, thermostat, phone, TV remote control, dining menus, desk and more… anywhere you’re going to be touching. And remember to frequently wash your hands and regularly use hand sanitizer, even while in your room.
- Remove any bedding that can’t easily be washed. Most hotels are in the habit of triple-sheeting the beds so they can easily wash all the bedding between guests. If your hotel has a bedspread or blanket, consider removing this from the bed so you aren’t in contact with an article that isn’t washed as frequently.
- Avoid public hotel areas and restrooms where possible. Limit your exposure to other hotel guests by spending as little time as possible in the property’s public spaces. Opt for room service over hotel buffets when you can. And wherever you’re eating, always thoroughly wash or sanitize your hands immediately before you eat. But retain a sense of perspective – decent, responsible hotels will be taking extra precautions and following best practices, so you shouldn’t feel completely confined to your room.
Be sure you know how to quickly contact your TMC, whether by phone, SMS or in-app webchat, if your travel plans suddenly change or are disrupted. Your TMC should be there 24/7, every step of the way.