COVID-19 Information

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. It’s now Advito’s absolute priority to support our clients who are affected by the coronavirus situation. We’re closely monitoring the developments and are taking necessary actions to limit the impact for our customers.

On this page, you’ll find an overview of recent updates and links to reliable sources and reports. Like you, we’re doing our best to keep up with all the changes. The situation is very fluid with authorities, suppliers, and airlines changing policies at a rapid pace.

Client information: For specific questions about your Advito engagements, contact your Advito business owner.

Advito’s Information

Our Response to GBTA’s Recommendation for 2020 Hotel Sourcing

GBTA recently released a statement regarding the 2020 hotel RFP.

While we both respect and share in some of the opinions expressed by GBTA, we do not support their recommendation to freeze 2020 rates for 2021 and postpone sourcing. Freezing static rates for a period during which market conditions will likely make them irrelevant, and assuming that the program negotiated for 2020 makes sense in a post-COVID-19 crisis world is not a viable strategy.  Our customers have more to consider than they did last year. It is still important to ensure rates paid are fair and appropriate relative to market conditions and travel spend. But what is likely even more important in this moment is the consideration of each hotel’s approach to new cleanliness and safety requirements.

Just as hoteliers are taking steps to ensure their businesses come out of this successfully, corporations need to take steps to ensure their travel programs are ready when it’s time to get back to travel. In the week ahead, our team will be releasing more information on our strategy for post-COVID-19 Hotel Category Management, which will encompass everything from an adjusted solicitation strategy (including the assessment of each property’s cleaning practices, social distancing policies and contactless services),  rate negotiation (moving from static to dynamic), and booking process redesign that promotes smart buying decisions and fulfills duty of care at the same time. The strategy gives ample consideration to the time and resource limitations present for hoteliers but also allows for companies to take an active role in managing their hotel programs. We all need to continue to work together throughout this crisis and if we do that thoughtfully, we will all come out stronger.

If you have any questions regarding hotel category management strategies, please reach out to stay@bcdtravel.com.

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BCD Travel Clients

If you’re a BCD Travel client and have access to Connect, subscribe to the COVID-19 discussion group.

Travel restrictions and policies

Covid-19 case trackers

Coronavirus dashboard by the World Health Organization.

Guidelines for travelers

IATA has published health and safety guidelines for travelers.

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