Leading travel companies unite to create Covid-19 travel database

UK: A group of global travel companies have banded together in order to create a Covid-19 travel database.

The platform is being led by the European Covid-19 Travel Alliance, whose members include leading OTAs Booking.com and Trivago, as well as Raddison Hotel Group, KLM, and Iberostar Hotels & Apartments.

The core idea behind the initiative is to bring together all the data that can be used by consumers, brands and institutions in order to understand the restrictions on a destination, region or country. This will include things like border restrictions, accommodation rules, as well as the types of attractions open for use by travellers.

Restrictions on bars and restaurants in destinations will also be included on this platform.

The data will be made free of charge for travel providers to display on their websites or other online products. The group is looking for additional information and support, from various destination management organisations.

The Alliance said in a statement on their website: “To succeed with this initiative, we need your support. The members of the Alliance have already committed to contributing to this initiative and will voluntarily invest into this database.

“As a DMO you are an important source of information and can contribute to the quality of the database for your destinations.”

With full, up to date statistics, the group hopes it can encourage traveler demand and help create industry recovery from the global pandemic.

Many new platforms for technology and beyond are launching in response to the lack of demand due to Covid-19. Travel tech firm Unwrapped has launched a dedicated solution for the short stay industry called Curator, while Airbnb has launched a variety of new and unique virtual experiences including a programme for those with accessibility needs.

For more information including index information, see the Covid-19 Travel Alliance’s website.