There are several reasons people might be hesitant to travel right now. One of them is potentially contracting COVID-19 during their vacation, and ending up stuck at their destination. Palace Resorts, with 10 properties across Mexico and Jamaica, is trying to give travelers peace of mind by offering a free two-week stay if they test positive for COVID-19 at the end of their trip.
The US requires that all incoming international travelers show a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight, and the hotel chain already offers on-site COVID-19 testing to help visitors meet this requirement. Now, it’s providing an additional layer of convenience, and a fallback plan in case guests do test positive. Instead of being forced to remain in Mexico or Jamaica for a two-week quarantine at their own expense, now, guests will receive a free 14-day stay. If a guest continues to test positive after two weeks, they will receive a discounted rate of $199 per night (applies to up to three guests per room).
Similar deals are being offered in other resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean such as AMResorts and Xcaret. It might sound like an unbelievably generous offer, but since the strict testing laws could prevent many travelers from booking entirely, the deal is viewed as necessary for building comfort and confidence.