These Are The Ways The Travel Industry Is Being Innovative During The Coronavirus Pandemic
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These Are The Ways The Travel Industry Is Being Innovative During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Gear/Tech , solo travel
Kelsey Marie
Kelsey Marie Apr 4, 2020

Much like most industries, the coronavirus pandemic has had an extreme impact on travel. Many companies are losing out on money while looking for ways to bring about change. 

Meanwhile, other travel companies are taking advantage of the times and bringing about innovations that are sure to last when the pandemic is over. 

Here are some of the innovative ways the travel industry is coping with COVID-19:

Robotic Cleaners

The Westin Houston Medical Center is a new hotel offering luxury in the Houston Museum District. The hotel is also the first to use robots that sanitize rooms. 

The hotel uses LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots which “use xenon ultraviolet light pulses to kill viruses, bacteria and fungi,” according to The New York Times

In an email to The New York Times, the Vice President of operations for the hotel, Archit Sanghvi, says: “To provide our guests and clients with an additional level of wellbeing, we decided to add another step to our current disinfectant protocol by implementing the germ-zapping UV light robots.”

In addition to the robots, the hotel has removed nonessential items, including magazines and decorative pillows, from their rooms. The TV remote is now stored in a sealed plastic bag. 

Virtual Spas

Wellness is a huge priority during this time and spas are providing virtual opportunities to unwind from the comfort of your home. Aspen Shakti yoga studio in Aspen, Colorado is offering free meditation and yoga classes. 

You can also sign up for private sessions to get a tarot reading and reiki energy healing. 

Hilton Head Health in South Carolina is offering a 16-week program with videos on cooking, exercising, how to manage stress and nutrition. 

A Hotel To Yourself

Many hotels have been shutting down, but there are a few that have the entire property available for social distancing purposes. 

Cape Arundel Inn & Resort in Kennebunkport, Main is offering it’s 7 room property for rent for $9,500 a week or $36,000 a month. For this price, you’ll get meals, housekeeping, and access to a lounge. 

Concierge service will be available via phone and there will be a limited amount of staff members who will all be following the social distancing guidelines. 

Virtual Travel

You can still travel to faraway places — virtually. Promote Iceland has launched “Iceland Academy” which allows you to travel through Iceland while social distancing at home. 

If you’re looking to socialize with other travelers, FTLO Travel is hosting digital happy hours for millennials to mingle. 

For those who love exploring the outdoors, Experience Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona has shared five jogging routes you can go on to experience city sights while staying away from other people.