The Coronavirus crisis is also a time to help each other and to participate in the effort to fight the pandemic. Many tourism professionals are showing their solidarity. We are sharing these inspiring initiatives on Hospitality ON.
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While Accor announced last week that several hundred locations would be made available, initiatives are multiplying.
450 Logis & Citotel properties, located less than 15 minutes away from a hospital or healthcare center, have announced that they have mobilized to welcome healthcare personnel. Karim Soleihavoup, Managing Director of Logis Hotel says "We are in permanent contact with the Cellule Interministérielle de Crise and we are adding independent properties on a daily basis that volunteer to join us".
In London InterContinental Hotels Group is providing rooms at very preferential rates for the homeless in two of its properties for the next 12 weeks. This is a good way to keep the properties running and the staff in good condition. For Karan Khanna, Managing Director, UK&I "The current situation is unprecedented and people's health and wellbeing must be the top priority."
London solidarity doesn't stop there, as some "black cabs" have volunteered to transport the homeless.
As Australia closed its borders to all non-citizens on Friday 20 March, The Ascott Limited said it was prepared to make 80 of its Quest Apartment Hotels available as quarantine sites. Quest Apartment Hotels founder and chairman Paul Constantinou sees this gesture as "an opportunity to support the Australian government".
GL Events offers temporary emergency structures to meet the growing need for beds in regions that are under stress (Grand-Est and Île-de-France).