With rooms empty, hotels around the world are going above and beyond to help fight the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
The travel industry has been one of the hardest hit during the global pandemic with flights grounded, borders shut, hotels empty, restaurants closed and movement severely restricted around the world. With rooms and resources aplenty, hotels have been going to extraordinary lengths to help those affected by the outbreak.
Here’s a look at how hotels are giving back around the world.
JA Resorts & Hotels offers free staycations to healthcare workers
To say thank you to Dubai’s medical staff the hotel chain is giving away 1,000 staycations away, free of charge. Available at six of its properties to healthcare workers, including cleaners, admin staff, drivers and of course doctors and nurses, who are able to check-in for free and include a complimentary breakfast until the end of 2020. To apply healthcare professionals should email a copy of their UAE medical ID to [email protected] before 30th April. JA Resorts & Hotels will then randomly select the 1,000 guests.
The Ramada by Wyndham, Belfast, is a being used a ‘step-down centre’
To help deal with the expected upserge in the number of people being diagnosed with COVID-19, in Nothern Ireland, in the coming days, the Ramada by Wyndham in Belfast is being transformed into a ‘step-down’ facility giving patients a place to go after being discharged from hospital.
Perth Pan Pacific hotel offers hotels rooms to the homeless
With empty rooms aplenty this five-star hotel in Perth has opened its doors to 27 homeless people, giving them somewhere safe and warm to stay during the coronavirus outbreak. The guests will stay at the hotel for at least a month as the city does what it can do flatten the curve. In Perth, it’s estimated 1,000 homeless people are sleeping rough in the city.
Ayla Hotel, Al Ain offers medical workers free accommodation
Healthcare workers in Al Ain are being offered the use of the luxury hotel to help ease the current crisis. Guests will be provided with a “comprehensive stay” with use of all the hotel’s facilities. All medical staff are also being provided with everything they need in accordance with the standard operating procedures established by the UAE government.
ITC Hotels offers food distribution and quarantine facilities
Cities in India are being aided by ITC Hotels, which has rolled at a key initiative across a number of cities. The hotel chain is distributing food during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The company is currently aiding Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Lucknow, with plans to further roll out distribution in Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Saskatchewan Holiday Inn hotel offers free meals to truckers
Truckers in Saskatchewan, Canada, are being offered a free shower and breakfast at a Holiday Inn during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. The hotel posted on its Facebook page that it was doing its bit for essential workers. The chain also noted that its hotels in two other locations would be doing the same. The announcement was met with joy on social media.
3.4 million US hotel rooms made available for healthcare workers
Over 16,000 hotels across the United States have signed up for “Hospitality for Hope” a new initiative offering temporary housing as the COVID-19 pandemic grows in the country. Currently hotels are offering workers places to stay but some hotels could be used as emergency hospitals or places for those who need to quarantine themselves.
Hilton and American Express offer 1 million hotel rooms
Front-line medical workers in the USA have been offered a place to stay by Hilton Hotels, after teaming with American Express, to offer as many as one million hotel rooms. Hilton has teamed with 10 medical associations that represent over one million healthcare professionals, for the initiative, which runs until the end of May. Hotels will be staffed with Hilton team members, who have received added health and safety training.
Chelsea FC offers free hotel rooms to NHS staff
The Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge Stadium was made available by Chelsea Football Club to medics in an effort to help during the coronavirus crisis. The hotel is being used by staff working long hours in London and are unable to travel home during this period. A decision has been made to help those affected for the next two months, before a further review. Last Week World Traveller Middle East reported ex-footballer Gary Neville had offered rooms at his hotel, Hotel Football, to NHS staff during this period.
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