The hospitality industry is one that supports community efforts throughout the world. As such, hotel companies using their resources to provide relief for the COVID-19 surge in India, where its health centers and citizens are overwhelmed by the virus.
Updated May 17, 2021.
Choice Hotels Matches Donations to the Red Cross
Choice Hotels International is matching Choice Privilege members’ donations to the Red Cross, and the company is encouraging its loyalty members to join the company’s efforts to provide India and other areas in the world with COIVD-19 relief. Members can donate their loyalty points that convert to cash, and Choice will match the donation. The Red Cross and Red Crescent network work to support families and communities in need around the world in partnership with the WHO, the CDC, and other public health organizations that are working to lessen the impact of COVID-19.
HFTP Global Establishes COVID-19 Relief Fundraiser
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) set up a fundraiser – called the HFTP Helps COVID-19 India Relief Drive – to take part in relief efforts for the COVID-19 crisis in India. The fundraiser will support organizations providing needed medical equipment to India. HFTP is working with its team members in India and the HFTP Dubai Chapter to encourage its network of workers to donate. The donations will be distributed through vetted organizations that are working to supply equipment, including oxygen concentrators and ventilators, to medical centers. The fundraiser is running through May 31, 2021.
Hilton Supports Relief Efforts
Hilton operations over 20 hotels in India, and Hilton Honors and the Hilton Effect Foundation are supporting on-the-ground efforts to help the country, aid those infected, and contain the spread of COVID-19. The Hilton Effect Foundation has granted over $1 million to support community organizations, including food security initiatives supporter Responsenet, COVID-related water and sanitation efforts encourager Planet Water Foundation, and medical supplies provider Project HOPE. Hilton Honors members can support Hilton’s efforts by making donations through redeeming points via Pointworthy, and Hilton Honors and the Hilton Effect Foundation are matching donations up to $50,000 through June 13, 2021.
Wyndham Donates to the Indian Red Cross Society
In a recently released statement, Wyndham said, “We are extremely concerned and saddened about the growing humanitarian crisis in India resulting from the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is donating $100,000 to the Indian Red Cross Society, which is working alongside authorities to help the people of India by rushing urgently needed supplies and equipment to critical care centers. We are also working to collaborate with industry associations on broader efforts to raise funds to support India through this crisis and call on others to show their support with matching funds. We have made it possible for Wyndham Rewards members to help by donating points to Save the Children and Christel House, which support families and children in India. Our team members are supporting their colleagues in India through our Wyndham Relief Fund and can also donate directly to a number of qualified 501(c)(3) organizations with a company match. Our team members around the world stand united with our hotel owners, our local colleagues, and the broader Indian community.”