The hospitality industry post-Covid
I’m incredibly excited to be meeting with colleagues from across the global hospitality industry to discuss the issues that are affecting us most – and what the potential creative and innovative solutions could be. I’m always delighted to hear important insights from the leading professionals in the field, and with so much happening across the landscape not just of the hospitality industry, but the professional world in general, this year will be ripe with hot topics and passionate discussions. I can’t wait!
Central to discussion will, of course, will be the impact of Coronavirus. Hospitality and hotels were hugely impacted by Covid – but despite now being allowed to reopen, many hotels are still facing a series of challenges. In a number of cases, we’re still seeing occupancies sitting as low as 25% where pre-pandemic they may have been reaching 75-80% on a regular basis.
Restrictions may have lifted – but along with them, we have lost the support structures put in place by the government such as business grants and furlough. While the country has been allowed to open back up, the success of the hospitality businesses in particular is hugely influenced by the public’s confidence in travel – and that affects both tourism and business travel.
We’ve all been operating in a new way for nearly two years, and a lot of individuals have been exploring new ways of working that remove the need for the regular pre-pandemic travel.
No doubt conference discussion will look to uncover how – and if – we can return to our previous idea of ‘normal’.