Yedla Management’s Jeff Swirsky Shares Outlook On Orlando’s Hotel Industry
Hotels have had to evolve to keep people safe during the time of COVID-19. But what will it take for their business levels to return to what they were before the pandemic? According to Jeff Swirsky, the area general manager for Yedla Management Co., it will require more access to the vaccine. “People will begin traveling longer distances once there’s widespread access to a vaccine,” he told Orlando Business Journal.
Currently, Swirsky is overseeing four new hotels at Flamingo Crossings, a Walt Disney World mixed-use development west of the park in Orlando, Fla. The hotels include a Home2 Suites by Hilton that opened in December, a Homewood Suites by Hilton, a Residence Inn by Marriott and a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.
Swirsky told the Journal that COVID-19 has changed his approach to overseeing the hotels, including evolving protocols to meet sanitizing and social-distancing guidelines. “We’ve implemented the protocols presented by Hilton CleanStay and the Marriott Cleanliness Council,” he added. “Our staff has been trained to interact with guests from at least six feet apart and ensure high-touch areas frequently are disinfected.”
He also praised the Orlando hotel market for implementing strategies that offer safe and fun travel. “Most hotels are installing plexiglass materials in lobbies to protect teams and guests at the same time,” he told the Journal. “Many hotels with meeting spaces offer server driven food and beverage stations to avoid multiple guests having contact with these areas.
“Valet parking and theme park shuttles are cleaning all vehicles as guests enter and leave,” he added. “Having multiple team members responsible for the daily lobby rotational cleans ensures that all touch points are regularly sanitized.”
According to Swirsky, his first year goal is to open the hotels on time and provide employment to Orlando’s hospitality community. “We are proud to deliver such beautiful properties with unique amenities and offerings to the Orlando/Disney area,” he told the Journal.