This time on a Wednesday, time for an overview of what has happened during the week in the travel industry.
Travel industry news 3rd week June
Hilton fires more than 20 percent of the workforce
The coronavirus has weakened the hotel industry and led to an enormous drop in demand. Hilton hotel is forced to lay off 22 percent of the workforce at its headquarters, that is, 2,100 employees. In addition, there are likely to be many job losses in the hotels themselves.
Marriott and Hyatt fired or will fire as well far over 1,000 employees.
Qatar Airways CEO Against Social Distancing Onboard Aircraft
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker believes that social distancing is not necessary on an aircraft as there is still a chance of coming into close contact with someone when trying to go to a seat. All the carrier’s aircraft feature industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97% of viral and bacterial contaminants from re-circulated air. Therefore, he feels that social distancing should not be implemented on a plane as long as all the proper precautions are in place.
Furthermore, if social distancing is implemented, the prices for air travel go will go up remarkably. This is because there will be 30-40% load factors on planes.
Dubai will reopen for tourists
Dubai will reopen its borders to international tourists from July 7th onwards. Passengers arriving at Dubai International Airport will need to have a certificate stating that they have been tested negative for coronavirus. This test may be administered in the four days preceding travel. If passengers arrive without a test they will be tested at the airport and sent to self-isolate until the test result is back.