Holiday and hospitality in an age of uncertainty
This year’s Yuletide season will be unlike any other in contemporary history. It can be disappointing to be unable to celebrate such a momentous occasion replete of the normal accoutrements of Christmas. And so, people are finding a means to connect, make merry, and reflect. With the lifting of quarantine restrictions to some extent, local hotels are slowly returning to the way they used to operate. The hospitality industry may just be the saving grace of humanity as we wait for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The hospitality industry tries to bring a sense of normalcy by commemorating Christmastide the way they did pre-pandemic.
Dazzling lights, glitter and glamour, gourmet menus galore, it is an irrefutable fact that spending the holiday at a hotel holds a specific travel allure. These establishments are preparing for Christmas by welcoming guests with open arms, all the while implementing safety protocols in the face of the dreaded Covid-19.
Lavish diners, food hampers, room packages, creative decorations that capture the spirit of the festive season, and virtual events are now being offered for the sake of everyone’s mental health, and to save the failing economy.
On the digital cover of this week’s The Philippine Panorama is Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and vice mayor Maria Sheilah H. Lacuna-Pangan at The Manila Hotel’s annual Christmas tree lighting. In the country, the hospitality industry tries to bring a sense of normalcy by commemorating Christmastide the way they did pre-pandemic.
Let’s see how we can find wonderland in our favorite hotels in Manila and elsewhere, such as Boracay and Iloilo.
We hope you find your Christmas joy somewhere.