As small- to mid-sized enterprises begin returning to travel amid new norms and expectations, standards of cleanliness and safety on property are top of mind. The end-to-end process of booking, staying and meeting at hotels evolved and, with it, so have hotel protocols to give guests confidence and peace of mind.
Since 2015, with the introduction of the IHG® Way of Clean program, IHG Hotels & Resorts has been laser-focused on cleanliness across a portfolio of nearly 5,900 hotels. This year, the program expanded to include COVID-19 protocols and best practices that reflect guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and local public health authorities in markets worldwide.
These healthy and safety measures also apply to guests meeting or planning events at IHG hotels. With new safety protocols, security measures and logistic considerations taking center stage, the planning and execution of organizing travel shifted. IHG has also enhanced its Meet with Confidence program to provide appropriate and creative meeting and event solutions without compromising the experience or the flexibility meeting planners require. Prioritizing guest safety and wellbeing, Meet with Confidence means you can rest assured meetings and events at IHG hotels will adhere to leading cleanliness and safety practices.
- Cleanliness inspection and protocols with frequent sanitation before and during meeting
- New ways of registration with reduced contact and physical interaction during the registration process
- Management of attendee flow with clearly designated entry and exit points
- Modified room capacities allowing for social distancing and customized solutions
- Technology options to support virtual or hybrid meetings
Whether it’s for a team huddle or training meeting, a conference or celebration, IHG’s Meet with Confidence commitment means clean, clutter-free event spaces and an experience that supports the well-being of all attendees.
Along with these enhanced protocols for staying and meeting at IHG hotels, SMEs can also benefit from a simplified travel management solution through the IHG Business Edge program. Designed specifically for small- to mid-sized enterprises, IHG Business Edge enables travel managers to access exclusive benefits for employees to increase in-policy bookings and drive savings for the company. The IHG Business Edge portal provides a one-stop-shop for visibility into spend for travel managers, premium content, volume-based discounts and loyalty benefits such as upgrades to elevated status through IHG® Rewards Club.
To learn more, visit businessedge.ihg.com or read about IHG’s commitment to cleanliness at ihg.com/clean.
For all its cosmopolitan trappings, Singapore remains, at heart, a tropical island. The city planners determinedly preserved gennery and the high groves of concrete and glass, and for a complete escape from urban bustle there still remain patches of the jungle and mangroves that covered the island when Sir Stamford Raffles first established a trading outpost here in 1819.
In this era of 6,500-passenger mega-ships, any cruise vessel conveying fewer than a thousand voyagers is considered a small ship, including high-end luxury liners, deluxe expedition ships and the world’s riverboats. The focus on many small ships is the destination rather than the conveyance, the expert chat rather than the Broadway show, the watersport rather than the casino, the scenery and culture rather than the full-service spa and specialty restaurant. Passengers make a travel style choice, forgoing the options and pleasures of a resort-sized vessel for the deeper, more immersive experience of a yacht-scaled ship.
I arrived at Aloft Delray Beach pretty late in the evening after a COVID-friendly outdoor dinner reservation. However late it may have been, a lovely woman at the front desk greeted us as if she had been waiting for us all day. My sister and I walked around a bit before heading to our room, admiring the vibrant lobby decorated with neon signs and lights around a ready-to-play billiards table. On our way to the elevators we grabbed two water bottles from the lobby shop Re:Fuel, and the same woman from the front desk told us they were on her and we didn’t owe a thing.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Beginning May 15, fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the British Virgin Islands will be able to explore the destination after returning a negative arrival test result, allowing those with vaccines to forgo the four-day quarantine still required for arriving passengers that are not vaccinated.
Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro in The Ivy Hotel partnered with Uncle Nearest premium whiskey to create a Preakness-inspired cocktail ahead of this weekend’s event. The Laws and Lilies libation honors the contributions of Black jockeys in the early days of American horse racing. Emmanuel S. West, Jr., director of food & beverage, The Ivy Hotel, crafted the cocktail using Uncle Nearest’s 1856 Premium Whiskey.
FXExpress Publications, Inc., the company behind Global Traveler, Trazee Travel and WhereverFamily, announces the appointments of Amanda Jones and Maria Angeles as account executives.
After driving through the arts and entertainment district of Delray Beach, I was expecting the lively and vibrant energy to follow me to my doorstep at Crane’s Beach House that evening. I was pleasantly surprised when the spirited rumble of a night downtown halted right at the front gate. As I walked the pathway to the front office for check-in, I was welcomed by a quiet rustle of the greenery and flowers that guided my walk, strung with lights and colorful, tropical décor. At check-in I was provided with a complimentary parking pass; although I would only be there for one night, I much appreciated this unexpected perk. I received my room information, including a pass code that would open my door. Keyless entry was a nice touch.