In a positive trend that we’ve been seeing over the past couple weeks, Marriot International is joining other hotel properties like Diamond Resorts and Greektown in Detroit, Michigan in providing free stays for healthcare professionals fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
In their new initiative called “Rooms for Responders,” Marriot International will be offering complimentary rooms in cities across the US where the COVID-19 outbreak has been the most disruptive.
Those cities include New York City, the country’s coronavirus epicenter, Newark, N.J., Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
Partnering with the American College of Emergency Physicians & Emergency Nurses Association
The hotel property has joined forces with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association to set up healthcare professionals with comped stays at the participating Marriot properties.
According to Mariott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson, American Express and JPMorgan Chase, the hotel’s credit card partners, will be joining in on their humanitarian effort.
Doctors and nurses, who have the biggest risk of catching COVID-19 since they’re in close, constant daily contact with patients, will be able to have a comfortable, clean, and safe space to rest their head after a long shift.
Complimentary hotel stays help in the fight against COVID-19 because it alleviates the worry that many healthcare workers or first responders have about getting their families or loved ones at home infected with the virus.
Community Caregiver Program
Outside of the free stays offered in the select cities where COVID-19 has made the biggest impact, Marriot International has also initiated their new Community Caregiver Program.
This program offers discounted rates to first responders and healthcare workers at over 2,500 of their properties. The initiative is beneficial for workers who are looking to book stays at locations that are closer to the hospitals they’re working at.
The initiative is available in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Properties Across US Offering Over 3 Million Hotel Rooms to Healthcare Workers
Hotel chains and independent properties have really stepped up to the plate during the coronavirus pandemic. They’re helping in the best way that they’re able to, providing a free stay to those who need it the most during the outbreak.
In a new nationwide initiative called “Hospitality for Hope,” over 15,000 hotels have signed up to match healthcare and emergency frontline workers with complimentary stays at participating properties.
According to Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the company that organized Hospitality for Hope, the hospitality industry is “uniquely positioned” to support communities by taking care of frontline workers during this public health crisis.
Rogers explained that as an industry of people that’s used to taking care of people, now’s the time to really be there for our healthcare heroes and emergency workers who are putting their lives on the line every day just to keep the citizens of this country safe.
We are grateful for the hospitality industry for providing a safe haven for our country’s healthcare professional and first responders. During a time where their own industries have been rocked with economic loss, they’re still doing their part to give back in a major way.
Because these workers have a comfortable, free room to rest in and a space to keep themselves at a safe distance from their loved ones, we imagine it’s helping lift some of the stress out of their daily routines during this new normal.
While we can imagine how tough it is for these workers to be away from their families during this time, we imagine it helps remove the burden of worrying about whether or not their families will get sick.
Do you know someone who is a healthcare professional or frontline worker? Leave a shout-out to them in the comments below and give them our many thanks! We are humbled by your continued sacrifice.
Stay safe and healthy out there, everyone.