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Hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) released its latest projections, offering insights to the anticipated costs that hotel owners and operators can expect to incur as they prepare to reopen. Post Script, hotelAVE’s operational efficiency division, estimates that new cleaning protocols could potentially cost the hotel industry as much as $9 billion on an annual basis, based on factors such as the increased frequency of cleaning guestrooms and public spaces, new supply costs, and reopening expenses.

According to Post Script, a hotel’s ability to maintain a neutral room attendant payroll upon reopening will be dependent on its capacity to reduce the frequency of stayover service—a service that consumers don’t highly value at this time.While high-touch and non-porous surfaces such as door handles, light switches, lamps, clock radios, remote controls, and phones will require additional attention, the process to remove and launder terry and bedding will also be different, as will the application of electrostatic equipment to spray softgoods and other hard-to-clean surfaces.

Public spaces will also require as much as 50 percent more labor in order to effectively disinfect high-touch areas at an increased frequency.Hotels can expect to see a 30 percent increase in related cleaning supplies, which will be driven by greater cleaning frequency and potentially more expensive disinfectant products.The average 150-room hotel should plan to budget approximately $30,000 for related supplies, such as hand sanitizer stations in public spaces, plexiglass barriers, and new signage and floor markers to ensure proper guest distancing.

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