Most hoteliers that participated in a survey put out by Deloitte believe that Malta and the rest of the world will achieve tourism normality by 2023.
A significant portion of hoteliers (17%) predict that pre-COVID-19 business levels will be achieved in 2024 or later.
In a bid to better identify what the post-COVID-19 tourism recovery process might look like, Deloitte looked into how the tourism industry was affected by major global events in the past.
- The 2003 SARS epidemic saw a 15% decline in tourism. Although this is a relatively minor decline when compared to the COVID-19 pandemic, it still took around five months for the tourism industry to recover.
- The 9/11 attacks saw a global drop of 15% in tourism. Following this event, normality in this sector was achieved after around 12 months. Due to the fact that this particular event was directly associated with travel, recovery time was longer. The aftermath of such attacks also stand to show how anxiety and fear of travel play a key factor in determining how long tourism will take to recover.
- The 2010 Global Economy Crisis led to a 10% decrease in tourism numbers, and the process of recovery took around 10 months.
These results serve to show that recovery periods in general – but the COVID-19 recovery period in particular – are not fast processes.
Furthermore, travel anxiety tends to slow down the recovery process far more than economic problems; hence why outbreaks and pandemics affect the tourism industry far worse than economic crises.
Find the full article here: https://lovinmalta.com/lifestyle/travel/most-hoteliers-believe-malta-will-have-achieved-tourism-normality-by-2023/How will the new measures affect hotel guests?
As of tomorrow, people can start staying in Malta’s hotels under the new Covid-19 relaxed measures.
Malta is starting to rebuild its tourism industry step by step starting with the reopening of certain establishments. While the airport remains closed and tourism numbers will take long to recover, locals can begin to enjoy the island’s hotels and the amenities it has to offer.
The most interesting and crucial points from the 73-page document can be found hereunder:
1. How will this affect the reception or lobby area?
Receptionists will have to wear either a facemask or a visor and will stand behind a perspex barrier. The lobby will also be equipped with alcohol dispensers and disinfectant wipes which will also be provided for your luggage as you enter.
2. How can the room be paid for?
The document indicates that contactless payment methods will be made available to avoid any unnecessary contact.
3. Can the spa or indoor pool be used?
No indoor spas or pools are to be operated.
4. What about outdoor pools?
You can make use of a hotel’s outdoor pool but you can’t crowd in common areas and you’re only allowed one person per sunbed. Changing rooms will also be disinfected every hour and limited to a maximum of four people at a time.
5. Will room service be available?
Yes, room service will still be provided but with disposable condiments and single-use items. Also, instead of signing, a room service bill will be brought straight to your room.
6. What about hotel restaurants?
The same protocols apply to hotel restaurants as they do other restaurants including the prohibition of buffets.
7. Will elevator use be restricted?
A distance of two meters has to be kept between you and others in an elevator. If that cannot be enforced then only one person can use an elevator at a time.
8. How will check out function?
Guests are required to drop off their room keys at a ‘Central Key Card Deposit Box’ made available in every hotel lobby. Keys will be collected and disinfected for reuse.
The Westin Dragonara Resort has undergone upgrades over the last few months and is proud to announce that as of end of June they will offer a total guestroom inventory of 412 Bedrooms and Suites, along with a newly refurbished Hotel Lobby and Quadro Restaurant.
They also have a brand new meeting room, Great Siege, which measures 61 square meters and seats up to 60 Delegates in Theatre Style.
We can’t wait to host our next group at The Westin!