Covid-19 Surf Travel News

Please find here all relevant news & facts about the Covid-19 crisis. We will reguarly post updates to our booking terms and consitions and how we keep your money safe. We will also produce podcasts with our partners in the destinations or keep you otherwise informed about everything related to the pandemic. Stay safe and tuned.

27.05.2020

Let's travel again - The LUEX Podcast Surfers Lodge Peniche Portugal

Corona travel updates with partners of LUEX and how the pandemic impacts traveling to their destinations:

My guests today are:

John Malmqvist - Founder, Owner and CEO of Surfers Lodge Peniche in Portugal
and Martin Jenner - Head of Sales at LUEX

View and listen to their first hand knowledge and insights:
00:00 Intro
01:18 John Malmqvist - Founder and CEO of Surfers Lodge Peniche / Portugal
01.30 Finally allowed to surf again in Portugal
02:29 Hotel restaurant in Surfers Lodge Peniche opened again
04:05 Hotel opens June 1st
04:35 Flexible booking terms
05:17 No entry restrictions into Portugal at the moment
07:17 Travel restrictions within Europe
08:19 Portugal among the safest destinations
08:57 Safety measures on flights
10:42 Changes to expect in Peniche
11:26 No impact on surf services
12:10 Portugal may bounce back quicker than other destinations
14:21 Attractive low season
15:34 Safety measurements at Surfers Lodge Peniche
16:39 Portugal's Clean & Safe Seal
18:05 How LUEX is handling the crisis
22:00 Kitesurfing packages at Surfers Lodge Peniche
22:50 Outro

Please also check Surfers Lodge Peniche here: https://www.luex.com/surf/places/surfers-lodge-peniche.html

14.05.2020

Let's travel again - The LUEX Podcast Niyama Maldives

Corona travel updates with partners of LUEX and how the pandemic impacts traveling to their destinations:

My guests today are:
Nathan Kemp - Surf Development Director at Niyama Private Island Resort in the beautiful Maldives,
Haf Al Busaidy - General Manager at Niyama Private Island Resort,
and Martin Jenner - Head of Sales at LUEX

View or listen to their first hand knowldege and insights:

00:00 Intro

01:23 Haf about the situation on the island

02:11 Haf telling us about current visa and flight impacts

02:42 Haf on the low spread of the virus in the Maldives

03:36 Reopening Dates

04:24 Airlines Servicing the Maldives

07:23 Plans of Ministry of Tourism in the Maldives

08:02 Haf on how the Maldives will open again

08:51 More flexible booking terms to reduce the risk for the clients

11:13 How the resort will look like when it opens again

12:12 Crowd levels for surfers

13:13 Extra Corona Safety Measures

16:05 Maldives the perfect fit during times of Corona

18:18 Nathan about lockdown in paradise and beautiful Niyama

19:44 Impact on surf services

20:25 Perfect Late surf season October to December

22:47 Nathan asks LUEX about how LUEX deals with the situation

24:28 How LUEX and Niyama work together to keep the services at highest standards.

26:04 Outro

13.05.2020

FAQ by travelers and suppliers

Here some of the questions we have been asked frequently in the last few weeks.

Traveler or Suppliers: How has LUEX changed its services for clients in the current situation?

Martin Jenner - Sales Expert at LUEX:

Ultimately the service we offer still remains the same, but obviously people are much more hesitant to book at the moment.

So we have focused our negotiations with partners not only on getting the best rates as normal but better cancelation and payment terms, as well as attractive options for rebooking and changing dates, should the situation continue.

There are actually some great deals to be had at the moment, as long as you are willing to accept some flexibility with the change of travel dates. For example, that your holiday dates could be changed within the next 18 months should the situation continue.

Traveler or Suppliers: I can imagine you have had many trips affected by this, how was that process?

Martin Jenner - Sales Expert at LUEX:

Well, yes - Our team has been overwhelmed with cases affected by Corona. We have managed to keep on top of it, but it was very daunting at the start.

We had to switch straight away into "Crisis Mode" and work towards getting the best deals possible for our clients and helping with any stranded customers. We had some clients stranded in the Maldives for example and figured out how they could stay until their new flight date.

We worked towards finding the best solutions possible for all bookings, starting with the ones traveling soonest and I'm proud to say we've managed to do really well.

Traveler or Suppliers: Do you have some preparations for the time after travel restrictions ease?

Martin Jenner - Sales Expert at LUEX:

We want to get back to normal as soon as possible, we are ready to help everyone get back in the water and the mountains as soon as they can!

The crisis won't be over as soon as travel restrictions ease, so we are looking to make everything as easy as possible from that time onwards and understand extra precautions may be needed.

Things like increased sanitation measures at resorts, social distancing, and testing of staff. The trips that offer these will be the ones that people are most comfortable booking when they can again, so we are encouraging these measures wherever we can.

07.04.2020

A word from the LUEX CEO

Hey Surfers, Snowboarders, Skiers, Travelers and Clients of LUEX!

Wow - the last three weeks have been a rough ride. Covid-19 and the potential impact on our lives, on tourism and our business LUEX has been on my mind for quite some time. But I have to admit – at first I wasn't too worried.

LUEX has withstood many crises over the years. Swine Flu in 2009, volcanic eruptions in Iceland in 2010, the tsunami in Sumatra in 2010, MERS in 2013, Ebola in 2014, Zika in 2016, and all of Bali's Mount Agung's periodic eruptions from 2017 to 2019. Thousands of LUEX's clients have been affected. We had clients that got sick, some that needed to save themselves by climbing trees, or got stuck for days/weeks on the way back home. Some were also "just" worried or concerned to travel.

But in the end, everything usually worked out fine. Some of it was definitely not fun, but our clients survived, most can look back with a smile, and a number have another good story to tell. I am very proud to say that we have always worked really well with our clients and that we have always found good solutions for even the toughest challenges along the way. In return our clients have rewarded us with many impeccable reviews of LUEX on Facebook, Trustpilot, Google and elsewhere. Whereas most of our competitors have disabled Facebook reviews, ours are purely in the excellent range. Check them out.

And then came Covid-19. Ah, just another one of those events - I thought. The first clients canceled their trips with us in early February. But even then, I was convinced that it would go away. By end of February, I started to be really concerned about my family, our clients, and the business. It was still so abstract though. I was enjoying the best powder and freeskiing in Austria and life was just too good. All friends around, and happy and healthy. You just couldn’t feel or touch this damn Corona virus. Giulia, one of our travel experts, managed to change my perspective rapidly. She is a globetrotter, but originally comes from Italy. Her mum is a doctor in the north of Italy - one of the most impacted places in the world - and shared insights about how the situation got more and more out of control.

"Let's stop saying it is just a flu". Well, that couldn't be more true. Tens of thousands of people have died by now, the world has been locked down, my sister, mother and father are infected and obviously pretty much all of our travelers have canceled their trips. Within a few days, everything turned upside down. Since then, we are in full crisis mode. How can we save the trips for our guests and rescue their money? How can we pay and keep our staff? What happens to LUEX? What happens to our families? I wouldn't be honest if I said I wasn't stressed and partly pessimistic at times.

However, some very special things happened. The vast majority of our clients are just amazing to work with. Even with a lot of money on the line, we have found a fair solution for everyone so far. We have given refunds wherever possible, value vouchers in other cases, and we have changed dates of travel with convenient conditions or found other individual solutions if needed. All this while keeping an eye on our valued suppliers and trying to keep the trips alive for them as well. Big hugs to all our clients and suppliers for the good work! But that's not all. I am so grateful for the LUEX team. They are the ones doing the magic. LUEX has hundreds of bookings affected, and they work relentlessly to find the best compromises for all. They just love surf and snow travel so much and are too passionate to fail. One of them told me, "Tim, we have something really special here. Let's turn it around and get out even stronger". That is heartbreaking and wonderful. A huge thanks to the team! You guys are awesome!

I am not concerned anymore. With this team, plus our amazing clients and great partners we have turned it around already. We are in a solid financial standing and additional funding is on the way. So, you damn Sars Cov 2 virus. Unless you keep raging for many years you won’t get us down!

And to all clients, please continue to contact us. We love to assist you and will be able to offer risk-free bookings and trips you will never forget!