We’ve all been inundated with stories of Covid-19 and, of course, the hospitality industry is right smack dab in the middle of it. But here is some good news coming out of our own industry, some things we can feel good about today!
1: SITE CEO Didier Scaillet says during this time, our industry needs connections now more than ever and while many of our members are unemployed or underemployed, now is the time for members to invest in themselves. To that end, SITE is offering all online education modules—including the CITP prep course-- free of charge. Watch Didier's message here.
2: The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has created Hospitality for Hope, an initiative to boost collaboration between the hotel industry and local, state and federal governments to help employees and communities across the country by connecting hotel properties with the health community looking housing and support. Read release here.
3: Caesars Entertainment has already donated more than 250,000 pounds of food to local food banks and charities and thousands of personal protection supplies (PPEs) across the United States. Read release here.
4: Furloughed Hilton employees in the U.S. will be given direct access to an online resource center and expedited hiring processes at leading companies including Amazon, CVS pharmacies, Lidl and Albertsons grocery store, Plastics Industry Association and Sunrise Senior Living. These companies are planning to hire more than 200,000 workers collectively for short-term assignments. Read story here.
5. Many convention and visitors bureaus are promoting take-out and delivery in their areas to keep restaurants afloat including:
- Visit Sarasota (FL) with #SuncoastCurbside See Facebook post here.
- Discover Los Angeles’ dineL.A. To Go Read more here.
- Visit Orlando’s “Orlando to Go” Read more.
6. Visit TampaBay is uniting in the fight against hunger with FeedingTampa Bay by giving 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of its culinary journals – Tampa’s Table and Tampa With A Twist – to assist local families in need of food aid.
7. On convention and visitor’s bureau sites, destinations are offering alternatives to in-person travel: Discover Ireland has posted social distancing activities such as walking, cycling, horseback riding and hiking in Sligo, pictured left. Read more:
Visit Denmark has posted videos “Visit Denmark from Home” where guests to their site can watch cultural tours and Danish cooking demos. Read more.
Tourism Thailand has created a “Send the Smile” Video, an encouraging video to citizens and future tourists to the country: View the video here.
8. Suppliers such as Lufthansa airlines is releasing its employees in Germany who have completed medical training to work in medical facilities while receiving their full salary and is also donating 920,000 facemasks to health authorities in Germany. Read release here.
9. Hertz rent-a-car is offering healthcare workers in New York City a free, month-long vehicle rental* through April 30. Healthcare workers can book for as little as a week – or up to a month. They only need a valid medical ID, email address with healthcare domain, and driver’s license. Read release here.
10. Convention centers in the U.S. are answering the call as some are being used as makeshift hospitals and shelters for the homeless while others are being used as testing centers, such as Orlando's Orange County Convention Center, pictured.