With plans to gain back vital tourism, some hotels in Dubai are slashing prices by as much as 60 percent over the course of the next year. Hotels have also revealed plans for social distancing measures to be implemented, ensuring the safety of both guests and hotel staff.
Speaking to The Telegraph Travel, Lesley Rollo, managing director of booking agent Travelbag said they had found hotel booking offers with discounts of up to 60 percent. Usually, these hotels only offer 40 percent discounts.
She added: “I’ve never seen anything like it. It will open up luxury travel for so many people.”
However, thanks to the pandemic these luxurious experiences may not be what they once were.
Hotels around the world are trying to figure out ways to enforce social distancing while still ensuring customers have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
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Emaar Hospitality chief operating officer Chris Newman told Telegraph Travel that “all of the luxurious elements” could be very different in the future.
“All those luxurious elements we’ve come to expect – like an attentive waiter topping up your glass at dinner, or a hand-folded towel waiting on your bed – have to be reconsidered,” he said.
“We are working closely with healthcare consultants to minimise ‘touchpoints’ throughout the hotels. Check-in and check-out will be contactless, pool areas will be designed for distancing, restaurants will be limited to a 30 percent capacity – and as for buffets?
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“You can forget about them for the foreseeable future.”
Tourism in the country has plummeted in recent months after the government closed the UAE border on March 24.
However, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease for the masses, the tourism industry is looking at ways to breathe life back into its hotels and travel operations.
The emirate’s director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Al Marri suggested travel and tourism could resume as early as July.
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Whether Britons will be welcomed into the country when it initially opens remains to be seen, with some countries around the world suggesting Britons will be left behind.
Last month Spain’s Balearic Island’s tourism minister Iago Negueruela singled out Britain for its response to the virus and suggested it had handicapped its chances of summer holidays.
Mr Negueruela said: “There are countries like the United Kingdom that have taken too long to adopt containment measures. That also puts us in a different situation with respect to them.”
With the future remaining largely unclear for Britons, though cheap hotel deals may be enticing, securing a holiday could be a risk.
The UK government currently has an Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice directed at all Britons in place.
It reads: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.
“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.
“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”