AirBnb shares top tips for booking the perfect stay in Ireland this summer

Given the ever-changing nature of Covid and the lockdown measures, nothing can be taken for granted.

However, the prospect of a summer vacation in Ireland looks very healthy.

In addition to the 5 km extension, the Taoiseach indicated that the prospect of reopening hotels, B & Bs and guesthouses will be assessed in June.

In this week’s address to the nation, Micheal Martin said, “Towards the end of April we will be reviewing the situation and in May we will be looking at a phased reopening of non-essential retail, personal services, all. without contact. sports training, religious services, museums, galleries and libraries, and additional freedoms for those who are fully immunized.

“Towards the end of May, and depending on progress, we will study the reopening of hotels, guest houses and guest houses in June.”

With Eamon Ryan also stating that overseas travel is unlikely to be until the end of the year, it looks like, just like last year, stays in Ireland will continue to be popular this summer.

Obviously, the potential for domestic tourism in the summer of 2021 still hinges on a variety of issues such as continued progress in the number of cases, vaccine success, potential risk to public safety and the state of the world. Irish medical infrastructure. But things are more optimistic.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Jean Hoey, Public Policy Manager at Airbnb, gave an overview of what summer could be like and provided some practical advice for potential vacationers who might be interested in making a reservation.

“The announcement hopefully means that stays will be back on the horizon this summer, and AirBnb hosts across Ireland are ready to provide clean, private homes for families and loved ones to safely reconnect when the time will come, ”she said.

If and when people are given the green light to travel beyond their country, some might expect there to be a rush of bookings.

However, Ms Hoey shared some tips for Airbnb users to potentially avoid the disappointment of missing their preferred location, if and when bookings can resume.

The additions of a new “flexible cancellation” filter will certainly help people plan their vacations.

She explained: “Once people feel safe to travel, they will, but it will be different from before the pandemic.

“Travel will be seen as an antidote to isolation and disconnection. In fact, a survey of the Airbnb community conducted before the pandemic shows that the majority of customers would not have visited the region they stayed in without their listing.

“Our search filters can help travelers find the right location, price, and listing for any trip.

“If customers want to get ahead and plan a summer trip after restrictions are relaxed, they can use Airbnb’s ‘flexible cancellation’ filter to refine their search to show ads on the platform. where hosts offer free cancellation up to 24 hours or 5 days before check-in. This allows potential travelers to search and book on Airbnb with confidence now, knowing that if things change, so will their vacations. “

For those who might have reservations about travel or health questions about the location they are booking, Ms Hoey said just like summer 2020, additional steps are being taken.

“2020 has been a year where almost everything has changed – the way we live, the way we work and the way we travel as the world freezes and global travel stops,” she said.

“When travel returns, we think it will be different from before the pandemic. This year, travel will be less about where you go and when you go, and more about who you are and what you can do together. .

To help hosts further reassure those looking to book a summer vacation, Airbnb last year introduced the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, a set of guidelines for cleaning and disinfection, which was awarded the Safe Travel label from the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC). “

As the online accommodation market has grown in popularity, various hotels and guest houses in Ireland are also expecting a busy summer.

Following Mr Martin’s speech, the Irish hotel and guesthouse community also welcomed the announcement of the potential reopening of hotels and guesthouses in June.

Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, President of the Irish Hotels Federation, said: “This is very encouraging news for those looking for a well-deserved break and for the thousands of people employed in the tourism industry who are currently dismissed.

“Public health remains the number one priority and we recognize that continued progress in the roll-out of the immunization program is essential. Everyone is keen to ensure that the reopening of the company is safe and sustainable and that this level 5 lockdown is the last.

“People across the country want to expect vacations. Likewise, the more than 65,000 people across Ireland who were employed in the hotel and guesthouse industry before the Covid-19 restrictions want an indication of when their livelihoods could be restored. “

While the news is welcome, the Irish Hotel Federation has also highlighted the need for more business and customers this summer, as many of its members have recorded “historically low bookings”.

Ms Fitzgerald Kane added: “The announcement now gives our industry a boost to seriously plan for its reopening as part of the survival and recovery of Irish hotels and guesthouses as well as the wider tourism community. We look forward to continuing to engage with the government for a safe and sustainable reopening.

“Our members have reported historically low bookings for the key summer months of July and August due to uncertainty over the timing of easing restrictions.

“While we are a long way from achieving certainty, today will hopefully increase confidence that people can enjoy a well-deserved break or extended vacation in Ireland this summer and in doing so will restore the means livelihood of so many across the country. “

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