Hotels ready to welcome you back!
With strict hygiene and safety protocols, new socially distant spaces and PPE for staff, Markham Hotels are doing their utmost to keep #MarkhamSafe. Pandemic fatigue is real – take a break, rest, and recharge!
The COVID-19 pandemic gave us a great many “firsts”. Lockdowns were introduced, school shifted online (no more snow days?), meetings were Zoomed and communities adapted to new norms in holding social events. The world came to an unprecedented halt, and hospitality and tourism were one of the hardest-hit sectors.
During a time when a large percentage of hotels shut down across the country and massive layoffs affected all demographics, the industry worked tirelessly in trying to find ways to reopen safely. Occupancy rates for Hotels in Markham from June – August 2020 ranged from 12% to 38%.
COVID-19 posed challenges never seen before, requiring owners, managers and brands to take new precautions to keep their employees and guests safe. The hospitality industry worked tirelessly with the government for support programs and continues to face new challenges. New practices include adding hand sanitizer stations in lobbies, disinfecting surfaces like elevator buttons more frequently and removing extra items in rooms, such as pens and paper.
The sector includes one of the most diverse workforces in the country, and employees on the front-line have continued to work tirelessly to meet guest demands. Brands have been tightening their cleaning protocols and heightening safety and hygiene standards all to welcome back pandemic-fatigued guests.
“In the hospitality industry, we are navigating through exceedingly difficult times. The impact on our business has been tremendous, but we have remained resilient. We have continued to welcome guests to our hotel, and we have made them feel comfortable and confident travelling during these challenging times by elevating our demanding standards to an even higher level with new protocols for the current circumstances through our Commitment to Clean program.”
–Toronto Marriott Markham
All the major brands have released guidance for their properties, laying out new cleaning protocols and brand standards to keep guests and staff safe and clean. IHG launched its Way of Clean program, Hyatt has their Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment, Marriott assembled a Cleanliness Council to implement the Commitment to Clean initiative, and Hilton launched its CleanStay Experience.
“Hilton CleanStay with Lysol protection will be a rigorous system that incorporates RB’s trusted know-how and scientific approach to cleaning practices and product offerings. Each room is evaluated by a Housekeeping Inspector to ensure the room meets CleanStay standards, placing the Hilton CleanStay Room Seal with Lysol * protection over the door.”
What has been more striking than experiencing a lockdown, new social distancing norms and Zoom everything, have been demonstrations of the community banding together.
“I felt the warm, meticulous, and warm service of the hotel. Every Saturday, your employee voluntarily gave up his off-duty time to take me shopping for daily necessities. He drove 100 kilometres every Sunday to pick up my daughter, (so we could) meet.”
–Guest Feedback, Residence Inn Markham
During this difficult time, the industry banded together: they kept #MarkhamSafe. Reaching out through the community to donate, volunteer, and provide support where they could.
- JM Hospitality donated 1,000 facial masks to the City of Markham in May, when the City desperately needed PPE.
- Monte Carlo Inns donated 1,000 water bottles, 900 bottles of shampoo and 1,000 bottles of soap to Eden Food of Change.
- The Toronto Marriott Markham donated 19 linen bins to Markham Stouffville Hospital, and launched a mask donation program, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network.
“We at Monte Carlo Inns know it has not been business as usual. We have however been blessed with an amazing team who has kept
our staff and customers safe.”
–Monte Carlo Inns
We might continue to live through unprecedented times, and the fight is far from over- but as the community keeps #MarkhamSafe, hotels are ready to welcome you back: and we are ready to meet them with open arms.
Article written by Destination Markham Corporation
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