What’s better than a quarantine hotel?

Well the prices people have been paying for quarantine hotels seem very high and there have been lots of complaints. Even if you get your negative covid test result in a day you still have to pay for all 3 days, even if you leave the hotel within a day. It certainly does act as a deterrent to travel. As Lynn Elmhirst, Open Jaw Trends Editor, said in a post today

“Pity the poor arriving travellers in Canada, quarantining in overpriced, anonymous airport hotels where their only view is the dingy greys of fading winter in the industrial areas surrounding Canada’s four largest airports.”

Thailand has got the best quarantine plan. You get to do your time on a yacht – “Visitors with a negative COVID test result will be permitted to spend their two-week quarantine on a yacht or small ship off the legendary island of Phuket. They’ll have to wear a smart wristband that captures vital signs like temperature as well as GPS location. It can transmit the information even at sea, up to a 10 km radius, officials say. “

There’s only one catch. You have to bring your own yacht. So what if you don’t have a yacht – Thailand has a plan for that too. You can go on a golf quarantine. Oh I can just hear all the golfers cheering!

Rather than quarantine in a hotel somewhere for 14 days you can quarantine at a golf resort and play golf every single day. Imagine what that could do to your handicap. So how much does that cost?

“The 2.49 million won ($2,240) price of the package – paid for by the golfers – is reasonable comparing with the cost of a 14-day isolation period spent cooped up in a regular hotel room, Ku Jung-keun, general manager of the Artitaya Country Club, told Reuters.”

Actually it does sound pretty reasonable compared with 3 night quarantine at an airport hotel which would cost pretty much the same. Maybe Calgary can dream up something just as attractive. What sort of ideas would you put in place as a quarantine alternative?

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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