UK Hotels Get a Little Lift From Block Bookings for Crisis Workers

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Crisis workers, including those in the construction sector, still need to travel. Alberto Pezzali / Associated Press

Skift Take: As more countries mobilize their crisis workers, hotel groups can at least rely on small levels of business — the tricky part will be figuring out which properties stay open, and who exactly checks in.

— Matthew Parsons

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How the Top Boss at One of Paris’s Most Iconic Hotels Copes With the Crisis

Dorchester Collection

A terrace view of the Parisian skyline from the “belle etoile” suite at Le Meurice, a luxury hotel. Dorchester Collection

Skift Take: What’s it like being the general manager of a luxury hotel during coronavirus? We asked Franka Holtmann, who looks after Le Meurice for The Dorchester Collection. She spoke candidly and poetically about her worries, her new workflows, and how she cares for her team.

— Sean O’Neill

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Hotels and Airports See Jaw-Dropping Declines in Foot Traffic in March

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Coronavirus fears severely curbed foot traffic at U.S. hotels and airports in early March, according to a Placer.ai report. Angelo DeSantis / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Government orders and public health recommendations to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak sparked a steep decline in foot traffic at U.S. hotels and airports. This plays further into revised forecasts for a devastating 2020 for the travel industry.

— Cameron Sperance

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