Different Covid-19 health and safety measures will be highlighted on Hotelbeds’ websites.

Partners such as Accor, Radisson, Hyatt, RIU Hotels and Resorts, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Spanish Institute of Tourist Quality and Turismo de Portugal, will be included in the ‘Safe Stay’ initiative.

The distribution filter category will consolidate and display in the booking process the different Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

The Safe Stay category covers both accommodation and providers of transfers, activities, theme parks and car rental.

The category will be visible as a filter on the Hotelbeds and Bedsonline booking engines. The same information will be made available to all of Hotelbeds’ API clients to configure into their own systems.

The bedbank has already backed the World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ initiative and is working towards making this available in Hotelbeds’ distribution process.

Hotelbeds’ risk, compliance, internal and sustainability director, Tobias Thibaut, said: “Today more than ever, we need to focus on the safety and wellbeing of guests during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“When it becomes available in a few weeks our ‘Safe Stay’ filter category will be very valuable for our clients when reserving a hotel for their customers or other ancillary products by giving them greater confidence and thus helping the tourism sector recover more quickly.

“As there are already many different standards and certification processes out there, it is important to bring them together under one category and for the information to be easily displayed in the booking process.

“We encourage all our supplier partners out there who have introduced their own standards or who are adhering to third party standards to input the details right away to gain the Safe Stay badge.”