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Is COVID-19 making Aussie motels cool again?

COVID-19 has forced us to make some substitutions in life. Remember the run on loo paper? People were using paper towel and tissues (and hopefully that was all) when they couldn’t get their hands on the real deal. And now, as borders swing shut, we swap international travel for domestic and planes for cars.


And with an increase in road trips, the good old motel is getting a second look in. 



While motels, particularly in the US, have been going hipster for at least a decade now, the typical motel is rarely appreciated for little more than its location and low cost.


But with COVID-19 forcing us to avoid crowded situations and tight squeezes, the open hallways and lack of lobbies make the old motel a lot more appealing.


“There is pent-up demand for leisure travel and nobody is too excited to share an elevator,” Patrick Scholes, an analyst who follows the lodging and leisure industries for investment bank SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, told the LA Times. 


“For the moment, it definitely does give you an advantage” to have outdoor corridors in your hotel.”


Asian American Hotel Owners Association’s Mike Riverside said, “In outdoor corridors, people feel safe.” 


“People can go directly to their rooms”, and potentially reduce exposure to the coronavirus.


So when it’s safe to get away for you, if it isn’t already, then don’t forget the local motel!


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 27 July 2020

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