Google adds COVID-related health and safety information to Google Travel


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Google in the present day announced it’s adding extra COVID-related health and safety info to its Google Travel reserving service. Starting this week, when customers seek for motels and vacation rental properties by means of Google Travel, they could see new information about COVID-19 safety precautions on the property — like enhanced cleaning procedures that could be in use, for example, or if there’s an choice for a contact-free check-in, amongst other things.

The company stated it’s working in partnership with lodge chains, trip rental providers and other business associations to supply this well being and safety knowledge.

Individual lodge house owners will have the ability to immediately provide Google with their COVID-19 health and safety procedures by way of a brand new device in Google My Business that lets them add health and safety information to their Enterprise Profile.

At launch, several leading lodge chains are also partnering with Google on the new effort, including Marriott, Hilton, Comfort Inn (Selection Lodges), Holiday Inn (IHG), Best Western, Hyatt, Radisson and Four Seasons, the company tells TechCrunch.

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On the vacation rental aspect, Google is working with a variety of companions, together with giant vacation rental providers, medium-sized distributors and on-line travel brokers, who're capable of provide this health and security info instantly.

VRBO is amongst these partners, however Google says it’s not working with individual property house owners presently. It’s additionally not sourcing any of this knowledge from entries in Google My Business, as it is with motels — only what’s instantly shared by companions.

At present, this new COVID-related well being and security info is simply obtainable when users seek for lodging on — and never on different Google providers, like Google Maps.

This update follows others Google made earlier this yr in response to the coronavirus pandemic. At present, the corporate permits users to seek out inns and vacation rentals with refundable charges on Google Travel, as well as monitor lodge and flight availability in a given space.

In September, Google additionally added a COVID-19 layer to Google Maps, but this supplies knowledge concerning the variety of instances per 100,000 throughout a given map area. Earlier, it had added COVID-19 checkpoints and different transit knowledge to Maps, as well as features to help companies survive government shutdowns.

The well being and security info will roll out to Google Travel users worldwide.