Google has introduced a set of travel tools in order to help people to make more informed decisions when they take trips away from home in the current COVID-19 climate we’re living in.
The search giant has created a specific destination on Search for information about travel resuming as restrictions are lifted – and reimposed – between certain countries. It’s also rolling out a feature which shows the percentage of open hotels with availability and flights operating based on data from Google Flights and Hotels.
On Google.com/travel, users will now be able to see trendlines for hotel and flight availability, while links to additional local resources – including the number of COVID-19 cases – are also provided.
Google’s travel hub now also provides an option to see only rooms or properties with free cancellation policies, so there is a little less uncertainty for travellers should coronavirus-related travel measures change. This feature is now available for hotels and for holiday rental later this month.
“As some countries around the world begin to reopen this summer, we’re seeing more searches for places to go on vacation. Because the impact of COVID-19 on destinations can vary, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest travel-related information for places you may want to visit,” said Richard Holden, Vice President of Product Management for Travel at Google, in a blog post.
“The uncertainty of COVID-19 makes it hard to navigate travel decisions. We’ll continue to share the most relevant information so you can make informed decisions and travel safely when the time comes.”