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New York - Early 2020 - Summary of helping initiatives from hotels and other supporters:
Airbnb announced a new global initiative to help connect those responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with safe and convenient places to stay while they carry out their critical work. The company's goal is to help house 100,000 healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders around the world. Airbnb will waive all fees for stays arranged through this initiative. "Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help," says Airbnb's Co-founder Joe Gebbia. "We've heard from countless hosts around the world who want to provide a comforting home to heroic first responders. We are connecting our nonprofit partners, government agencies and others with our incredible host community to work together in these extraordinary times." This initiative builds on two pilot programs in Italy and France where Airbnb announced that doctors, nurses, caregivers and other medical support staff who are responding to the outbreak can access free accommodation through Airbnb. The Airbnb community has already responded to the call: nearly 6,000 hosts across both Italy and France have already offered their homes. Examples of safe hosting recommendations include listing entire homes and agreeing to a number of safety requirements including enhanced cleaning, social distancing with their guests, and allowing 72 hours between stays. Airbnb's partners or affiliates will ensure that stays are COVID-19 related and responders are familiar with safety protocols. To learn more and to open their homes, hosts can go to airbnb.com/covid19relief.
Caesars Entertainment remains committed to helping nearby communities in this time of need, donating food, as well as essential personal protection equipment across the country to assist healthcare workers, law enforcement and more. To date, the company has supplied more than 250,000 pounds of food, which is equivalent to approximately 208,000 meals to numerous food banks and charities. Additionally, Caesars Entertainment has provided thousands of items including gloves, masks and hand sanitizer to local hospitals, first responders and local charities.
HRS helps people, institutions and companies to find accommodation close to hospitals: In Germany alone, HRS has identified around 2,000 hotels located within 500 meters of a hospital or medical facility. The team checks with each individual operator to determine the extent to which the hotel can be used as accommodation for healthcare staff, patient relatives or as a quarantine or infirmary. The HRS initiative was developed in close cooperation with the health authorities. In direct contact with government and health authorities, social services, hospitals and corporate clients, HRS exclusively offers free and pre-qualified hotels directly via special booking platforms to meet the ever-growing demand immediately. Institutions and companies - should a need exist among their employees - can contact HRS by e-mail (email@example.com) with their request for help. Individual travellers who, despite the existing restrictions, are dependent on accommodation, for example because they are involved in the fight against the pandemic, can book hotels near the hospital via their myHRS account at www.hrs.de. When searching, travellers can enter the name of the hospital and the town or city directly in the search field to find nearby hotels.
Xport starts "Germany vacation now" - The Dresden Xport team led by Alexander Creutzburg is the initiator of the aid campaign for hotels and tourist companies: "We are appealing to the solidarity of German travel enthusiasts through the portal https://www.deutschlandurlaub.jetzt the campaign we want as many people as possible for a short, long or long and relaxing vacation in Germany, when we can all travel again. Hopeful that the crisis will wane towards summer, people's skepticism about vacation abroad will last a little longer at this point we convince you of a holiday in Germany! A booking supports domestic guest houses, hotels, restaurants and holiday destinations.
The promotion is completely free of charge for hotels and tourist companies. No pitfalls, no commissions. The entry takes about 20 minutes. "You can find out how this works here: https://www.deutschlandurlaub.jetzt/2020/03/schnell-einfach-und-kostenfrei-hotel-angebot-einstellen/ "It is important that the hotels add a really cute, attractive offer in addition to the hotel details and pictures. We expressly do not recommend discounts. But an unusual add-on, such as the Superbude already did on Deutschlandurlaub.jetzt, would be helpful .
The community Superhotelier.com cancels the membership fee for all existing and new members. In addition, free crisis advice is offered, e.g. on applications for state support such as short-time work and loans, as well as tips on dealing with cancellations: https://www.superhotelier.com/...
Cloudbeds also launched the relief initiative “HospitalityHelps” to enable hotels to offer their properties for use as field hospitals, for healthcare works that need a place to stay, for family members of patients and for other virus-related needs. “With each passing hour, we face an ever more acute shortage of available beds for the sick and for health professionals who are fighting coronavirus. At the same time, we are seeing many lodging providers reducing occupancy or sitting empty altogether,” said Adam Harris, CEO at Cloudbeds. “The hotel industry has always been about people first and foremost. #Hospitalityhelps is connecting our hotel customers and industry partners with government and healthcare agencies to help people who need it most - by making more beds available.” www.hospitalityhelps.org
IT supporter Apaleo launches a new aid campaign: hotels can offer themselves as emergency accommodation for hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. For #HospitalityHeroes several houses have already signed up. "As an industry, we need to help together and make our contribution in the current crisis," is the appeal of Apaleo, CEO Martin Reichenbach stated. And he continues: "In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, the federal and state governments have adopted an emergency plan for hospitals in Germany. The decision states that 'additional capacities can be built up for the numerous easier treatment courses by upgrading, expanding and converting rehabilitation facilities, hotels or larger halls'. Registration here: https://apaleo.com/hospitalityheroes-europe
OYO Hotels & Homes is opening the doors to its hotels and offering free stays to doctors, nurses and other medical first responders who are helping in the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19). Beginning March 24, medical first responders will receive free accommodations at any OYO Hotel in the United States so they can sleep, shower or just get off their feet and recharge. How it works: Those on the front lines in the medical community should call (+1) 628-213-7020 (code: OYO4FIRSTRESPONDERS) to get their reservation for the nearest OYO. With your valid active First Responder identification, OYO Hotels will cover all the costs.
Red Roof understands the difficulty of this uncertain time, especially for university and continuing education students who were suddenly displaced as a result of campuses closing due to CDC protocols in response to COVID-19. Mandated closings of schools across the country have left many with nowhere to go, as student housing and meal plans are suspended. Many students are in limbo and not able to return home due to travel restrictions and personal and professional obligations. With many hotels close to college campuses, Red Roof has launched the Student Support Program to help students who can't get home find stability and an immediate place to stay. The Support Program provides students with a 30% discount, per room, for stays at participating locations across the country including Red Roof Inn and Red Roof PLUS+ properties. Students looking for longer term accommodation, seven days or more, will receive a $25 Amazon gift card to help purchase essential items. Students must show valid college identification to receive the 30% discount and weekly stay incentive.
MGM Resorts International announced an array of initiatives intended to support those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a $1 million crisis and disaster relief pledge into an employee emergency grant fund and donating the equivalent of 400,000 meals across the United States. In November, MGM Resorts launched its bold vision for social impact and sustainability, Focused on What Matters, a companywide program focused on a goal-centered approach to making positive impacts in its communities. Company goals by 2025 include 5 million meals to be donated through its Feeding Forward program and surpassing 1 million volunteer hours within the community.
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