- Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide both announced new cleaning procedures in a move to rebuild trust in hotel stays for once the pandemic subsides, the companies revealed in separate press releases.
- Hilton is partnering with Lysol’s parent company RB and the Mayo Clinic to develop new processes and staff training programs for The Hilton CleanStay with Lysol protection program. Marriott is launching a global cleanliness council to develop technology for enhanced cleaning procedures, including hospital-grade disinfectant.
- Similarly, Airbnb announced a new cleaning protocol for hosts, which includes guidance from former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. The Enhanced Cleaning Initiative is Airbnb’s first standardized protocol for cleaning and sanitation.
Will these actions be enough for the rebirth of the tourism industry? We don’t know yet, however one thing is clear, travelling won’t get “normal” and “accessible” as it was before for quite some time.