HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Travel companies, big and small, find opportunity in crisis

Travel Weekly | November 23, 2020

Travel companies, big and small, find opportunity in crisis
When the Covid-19 pandemic started sending seismic stuns through the worldwide travel industry, the hospitality organization Sonder looked for first to take up some slack. However, the San Francisco-based organization likewise observed chances.

Sonder offers a blend of lodgings and private rentals and supports its customers with touchless hospitality - a mix that left it preferable situated over most during the emergency. As movement went to a close to stop, Sonder directed its concentration toward the lengthy visit market, where fundamental specialists and a couple of outstanding experience explorers introduced in any event a little prepared market.

The technique has paid off, Sonder VP of income Shruti Challa clarified during the Phocuswright Conference Thursday.

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Traveling around the world is becoming easier and easier. Prepare for your next trip abroad with these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.