However, the dawn is still far and the night is still long enough, though the darkness is showing signs of thinning a bit…
One can say that a good impact of these otherwise Covid inflicted trying times is that hygiene and safety have emerged as the pillars of the organised segment of India’s hospitality industry. They are no longer the supporting factors in India’s hospitality industry but the edifice on which the hospitality sector of India is standing in these Covid inflicted times, and possibly would stand in the post Covid times. Hygiene and safety have eventually gained the recognition and importance that they always deserve.
In these taxing times, adhering to the Covid-19 protocols is of paramount importance for operations of hotels in India. In these times, the management of hotels should not only follow the state directed protocols for preventing the threat of Covid-19 from affecting their staff and guests, but should also introduce some additional measures to rev up the hygiene quotient of their hotel’s/s’ in-vironment, which would in turn enhance the safety of their staff and guests. And people will be emboldened to travel more frequently when they would feel secure in the belief that their well-being is in the safe hands in these pandemic inflicted times.
A Slew of Measures
Take the case of The Leela Mumbai. The hotel, in partnership with Bureau Veritas India has elevated its sanitisation, hygiene and safety procedures with SURAKSHA – a comprehensive program to ensure the wellbeing of its guests and associates. SURAKSHA is grounded in genuine care and is backed by unobtrusive technology.
The Leela Mumbai has taken a holistic approach to develop and validate additional protocols and sanitisation procedures, which have been redefined as per international norms. These protocols will be reviewed regularly and certified by a team of hygiene experts from Bureau Veritas India.
At The Leela Mumbai there is frequent cleaning and sanitisation of all public and personal spaces as well as high touch surfaces with hospital grade EPA approved chemicals and disinfectants. This includes thorough sanitisation of hotel cars before and after every transfer.
Additional protective gear for all associates and frequent temperature checks for all associates and guests is also being implemented. Adequate measures are being undertaken to rearrange furniture and restaurant seating to ensure social distancing protocols are being adhered to at all times.
Moreover, at The Leela Mumbai, the associates are being trained to maintain impeccable standards in food hygiene and safety. Additional measures such as washing of all dishes at 80 degrees Celsius, preparation of fresh food in smaller quantities and immunity boosters on the menu are being introduced.
Intelligent application of digital technology can also help greatly in tackling Covid-19. The Leela Mumbai is also leveraging technology to fight the spread of Covid-19. Contactless check-in and check out, full access to digital news and e-papers as well as e-menus across restaurants are initiatives in this regard.
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Revving up the Revenue
The corona virus outbreak has not only impacted travel in affected regions it has also caused the cancellation of some of the world’s biggest exhibitions, which has adversely affected the hotel industry globally. Though the lockdown for India’s hospitality sector was lifted from June 8 by the central government several states have continued with curbs on usual operations. This has affected the industry on several fronts. Ashok Malkani reviews the upshot of the pandemic on different aspects of the industry and the steps taken by it to tackle this situation effectively.
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