The tourism sector has seen a rise in alternative accommodations like Airbnb, Bed and Breakfast (B&B), glamping, camping, and caravans. These options offer a unique experience compared to traditional lodging. However, with the unique charm comes the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of guests.
Recently, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) in Malaysia emphasized the importance of prioritizing security and safety in these accommodations. The call is part of an effort to revise safety guidelines to meet international standards, ensuring that guests enjoy a safe stay.
Safety in outdoor accommodations such as glamping, camping, and caravans involves various measures, according to a report by the New Straits Times.
These include choosing the right shelter, being weather-aware, proper food storage, campfire safety, insect protection, and being cautious of wildlife. These measures ensure that the outdoor experience remains enjoyable and safe for all.
Security tips for camping and caravanning are crucial for a safe experience. Experts from Barry Bros Security and Inspired Camping suggest securing the camping area, being aware of the surroundings, and having a basic security setup to deter potential thieves.
Security equipment and tools play a vital role in enhancing safety. Wheel locks, security posts, and different types of locks for caravans and motorhomes are recommended. These measures deter theft and ensure the security of belongings during the outdoor stay.
Keeping the campsite and gear safe is paramount. Locking up items in the vehicle, having an inventory checklist, and securing items to a tree are some of the tips provided by camping experts to reduce the chances of theft.
During the pandemic, Airbnb has set mandatory COVID-19 safety practices for both hosts and guests. These practices included wearing a mask, practicing social distancing when required by local laws and guidelines, and following Airbnb’s 5-step enhanced cleaning process between each stay. Hosts and guests were advised not to travel or host if they’ve recently been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.
Additional guidelines for hosts of private rooms and shared spaces include capping the guest count to allow for social distancing, ventilating common areas during the stay, and cleaning and sanitizing common areas as frequently as possible.