As travelers shift to last-minute bookings in light of uncertainties caused by the pandemic such as changing health protocols, local health policies and travel restrictions, digital travel platform Agoda today announced the launch of its GoLocal Tonight campaign in Indonesia. GoLocal Tonight offers spontaneous travelers the best value deals for their immediate travel plans.
Travelers in Indonesia making same-day bookings can now look forward to additional 30% discount on participating properties. Accommodation providers opting into Agoda’s GoLocal Tonight initiative are set to benefit as Agoda helps them reach and convert last-minute travelers looking for great domestic travel deals travel deals.
“GoLocal Tonight is an extension of Agoda’s successful GoLocal campaign, that highlights all the great places within Indonesia to visit, and take advantage of great hotel and accommodation deals. We see that Indonesians still desire to travel, and GoLocal Tonight appeal to travelers who enjoy the spontaneity of deciding in the morning to book a hotel stay for that night. Agoda wants to help travelers who are still inspired to explore their backyards, but also the local communities and hotel partners who have been impacted. With GoLocal Tonight travelers are happy with up to 30% savings, while hotel partners can increase occupancy wand generate more bookings, it’s a win-win,” Gede Gunawan, Country Directory, Agoda Indonesia said.
As travel resumes, hygiene and safety measures important
Travelers are ready to pack their bags and head out on trips, but not before checking the accommodations’ hygiene and safety measures. According to research from Agoda, “Personal Hygiene Kits (masks, gloves, etc.)”, “Hygiene Certification from Government” and “Daily Temperature Checks for Staff & Guests” are among the most important hygiene factors to consider before booking accommodation for Indonesian travelers.
To help travelers easily identify how to travel more safely, Agoda recently launched HygienePlus, a new verification feature that shows travelers the health and hygiene measures taken by accommodation providers on its travel platform. As travel resumes, HygienePlus gives travelers the added assurance of identifying hotels or homes that meet a checklist of standardized measures.
In contrast to Indonesian travelers expectations, globally, “Daily Room Disinfection” followed by “Daily Disinfection (of general areas) are the most important hygiene measures travelers expect to be implemented by hotels and other accommodation providers. Together with Saudi Arabians and South Koreans, Indonesians also value hotels “Providing Medical Information around the Accommodation”.
Bucking the global trend, Indonesians value “Hygiene Certification from the Government” as an important factor before they can start traveling again. The Tourism Ministry plans to provide free cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability (CHSE) certification for the tourism industry players across 34 provinces of Indonesia, aimed at regaining the public trust in travel.
Agoda HygienePlus’ feature includes an extensive checklist based off international healthcare standards that hotels work towards. These include staff training in safety protocols, contactless check-in/out, temperature checks for staff and guests, staff wearing face covers, protective screens in common areas, daily disinfection at property and room level, provision of face masks, sterilizing equipment and hand sanitizer for guests, safe dining set up and signs to ensure physical distancing.