Google right now announced it’s including extra COVID-related well being and security info to its Google Travel reserving service. Beginning this week, when customers seek for accommodations and trip rental properties via Google Journey, they might see new details about COVID-19 security precautions on the property — like enhanced cleansing procedures that could be in use, for instance, or if there’s an choice for a contact-free check-in, amongst different issues.
The corporate stated it’s working in partnership with resort chains, trip rental suppliers, and different business associations to supply this well being and security information.
Particular person resort homeowners will have the ability to straight present Google with their COVID-19 well being and security procedures through a brand new software in Google My Enterprise that lets them add health and safety information to their Enterprise Profile.
At launch, a number of main resort chains are additionally partnering with Google on the brand new effort, together with Marriott, Hilton, Comfort Inn (Alternative Motels), Holiday Inn (IHG), Best Western, Hyatt, Radisson, and Four Seasons, the corporate tells TechCrunch.
On the holiday rental aspect, Google is working with a variety of companions, together with giant trip rental suppliers, medium sized distributors, and on-line journey brokers, who’re in a position to present this well being and security info straight.
VRBO is amongst these companions, however Google says it’s not working with particular person property homeowners at the moment. It’s additionally not sourcing any of this information from entries in Google My Enterprise, as it’s with accommodations — solely what’s straight shared by companions.
Presently, this new COVID-related well being and security info is just obtainable when customers seek for lodging on google.com/travel — and never on different Google providers, like Google Maps.
This updates follows others Google made earlier this 12 months in response to the coronavirus pandemic. At present, the corporate permits customers to to seek out accommodations and trip leases with refundable charges on Google Journey, in addition to monitor resort and flight availability in a given space.
In September, Google additionally added a COVID-19 layer to Google Maps, however this supplies information concerning the variety of instances per 100,000 throughout a given map space. Earlier, it had added COVID-19 checkpoints and different transit information to Maps, as effectively, in addition to features to assist companies survive authorities shutdowns.
The well being and security info will roll out to Google Journey customers worldwide.