8 Nov 2021 By Betty Chung

Holiday Travel Season Could Get Brutal // Exec Has Answers on How to Survive It

Long lines, weather delays, and last-minute changes often make holiday travel a nightmare. Well, this year, expect to add vaccine mandates, longer lines, and staffing shortages to the mix. Thanks to delayed weddings, family reunions, and America lifting foreign travel bans on November 8, travelers should expect more chaos at airports—and the best person to guide Americans through the turbulent holiday travel season is HotelPlanner CEO, Tim Hentschel.

As the CEO of the world’s largest group travel site, Tim has insider knowledge of what hospitality executives expect for the holiday season, from the bad to the unexpectedly stellar. He’s available to discuss:

  • What foreign travelers can expect as they return to America. Most foreign travelers are visiting America for the first time will encounter vaccine requirements, mask rules, and more that didn’t exist before America shut down.
  • The impact of staffing shortages. Some workers are refusing to apply for cleaning jobs. Many pilots refuse vaccines. These trends lead to staffing shortages, which in turn are causing travelers to run into delays when checking into hotels, a lack of cleaning people, and more new dilemmas. Fear not. Hentschel has tips to get you through it, like hotels’ new digital check-in programs.
  • What types of travel is increasing. Conventional wisdom says travel is decreasing. Not all of it. In the past few months, weddings, reunions, and more have increased dramatically to the point where many hotels transform lobbies into wedding spaces.
  • How hotels have changed because of COVID-19. Weddings aren’t the only additions to lobbies. Many hotels are renovating lobbies to resemble Starbucks to welcome workers who work on the road.ABOUT HOTEL PLANNER HotelPlanner is a leading travel technology company that combines proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, and a 24/7 global gig-based reservations and customer service network, to quickly and seamlessly serve all traveler hotel & accommodation needs from a single platform.

    HotelPlanner is one of the world’s top providers of individual, group, and corporate travel bookings, specializing in unique “Closed User Group” discount rates.

    Founded in 2004, HotelPlanner has enduring partnerships with the world’s largest Online Travel Agencies, well-known hotel chains, individual hotels, online wedding providers, ancillary lodging providers, corporations, sports franchises, universities, and government agencies.