As countries around the world batten down the hatches to weather the COVID-19 storm and airlines ground their fleets, the global travel industry has come to an unprecedented standstill. And that means that, just like those flights, restaurants, stores, museums, and other tourist attractions, hotels that haven’t opened their doors to house COVID-19 patients, healthcare workers, or emergency responders have also closed up shop for now. But as the shutdowns stretch longer, many hotels — and especially smaller ones that lack large parent companies — may not have enough funds to come out the other side, forcing many hotels around the world to lay off employees.
But there are some things we, as hotel lovers and future patrons, can do to help our favorite hotels get through this pandemic and be able to reopen. As the basecamp for our travels, hotels are one of the cornerstones of the hospitality industry — let’s show them some hospitality of our own.