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OBMI Senior Hospitality Designer released a special report for hospitality and travel sectors on design considerations to support hotels as they begin re-opening following COVID-19.

Miami, FL (June 23, 2019) – OBM International (OBMI) recently released a special report entitled 'Beyond COVID-19' written by Senior Design Associate, Giovanni Medina, detailing short, medium and long- term design solutions and new concepts for the hospitality and travel sector to help create safe, healthy environments for guests and staff alike.

Hotels in many countries are preparing to open to outside visitors after having been limited to lodging essential workers. But the threat of COVID-19 has cast a shadow over the travel and hospitality industry, which thrives on serving visitors in high volume.

For the foreseeable future, hotel owners and operators should expect guest expectations to be heightened to greater lengths than they did before the pandemic and the subsequent statewide shutdown. Supporting the hospitality and travel industry, the 'Beyond COVID-19' report provides insights and opportunities for the sectors to drive safety and hygiene initiatives for guests and staff alike.

While COVID-19 has caused great distress in the hospitality and tourism industry, it has simultaneously created opportunities for innovation. In the report, readers can learn solutions gathered from the healthcare industry, NASA scientists, and Columbia University, to name a few. The ideas presented in the report outline where improvements in hotels' meeting spaces, lobbies, guest rooms, and food and beverage outlets can evolve to meet the realities of public health as well as with the preferences of guests.

"The global pandemic halted travel in the short term, but its effects are going to last into the foreseeable future," said Giovanni Medina, OBMI Senior Design Associate. "As hotel designers and architects, we are always looking for ways to innovate and introduce new concepts to meet the constantly evolving needs of guests. Now more than ever, it's our responsibility to solve some of the challenges stemming from the pandemic so that guests feel safe, while also continuing to elevate convenience and the overall guest experience."

The report ‘Beyond COVID-19’ is available for download through OBMI’s website:

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