Many providers of travel accommodations have taken a financial hit due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, some corporate housing unit providers in particular have taken steps to adjust to the pandemic, according to travel expert Brian Ferdinand in a recently published article. Let’s take a look at a couple of these steps here.
Pricing For Crisis Relief
When the global pandemic first struck, some providers of corporate housing instituted plans to provide discounts for travelers, especially frontline heroes. Such crisis relief discounts may still exist in various areas. Meanwhile, other corporate housing providers have chosen to use other types of discount programs, or they may simply be operating under their traditional pricing. Either way, Brian Ferdinand recently explained that corporate housing units stand out for being cost effective when compared with hotel rooms.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MINIMUM STAYS
Corporate housing unit providers have long stood out for offering safe accommodations that enhance guests’ productivity and comfort. However, this type of housing is often available only to guests who plan to stay there for 30 days or more. Thus, during the pandemic, some corporate housing firms have reduced their requirements for minimum stays in an effort to draw more clients. Their goal was to provide shorter-term travelers with the flexibility they sought during the challenging times brought about by the pandemic.
Still, even corporate housing providers that have not reduced their requirements for minimum stays may still allow shorter-term guests to use their units at an extra cost.
Due to the health and safety risks that accompany traveling during COVID-19, leading providers of corporate housing units have also updated their cleaning strategies to keep both their clients and their staff members safe.
For instance, some providers have decided to put a halt on housekeeping services when guests are at home. The goal of this strategy is to keep both guests and housekeepers safe during the guests’ stays. In addition, corporate housing unit providers are using powerful disinfectants to carefully sanitize all of their apartments before new guests arrive and stay there. This is critical for removing any contaminants that may infect the guests can cause them to become sick and/or become carriers of the coronavirus.
Navigating the global pandemic has no doubt been challenging for corporate housing providers and travelers alike. However, with a little flexibility and proactivity, both parties can find the lodging experience to be a positive one from a guest standpoint and a business operation standpoint in the months ahead.
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