Hotels Nationwide Sign Up To Support First Responders; Provide Housing
More Than 6,500 Hotels To Aid Health Community As Part Of AHLA’s ‘Hotels For Hope’ Initiative
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to support communities across the country during this unprecedented public health crisis, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) today announced a new initiative - Hotels for Hope - to connect hotel properties with the health community, struggling to find housing and support as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows.
To help match and streamline the process for willing hotel properties to connect with federal, state, and local governments, AHLA is working to create a national "Hotels for Hope" database at the federal level with HHS, as well as at the local level with industry partner state associations. Local, state and federal government officials will be able to search willing properties based on geographic location.
Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO: "As an industry of people taking care of people, the hotel industry is uniquely positioned to support and help strengthen our communities and first responders who are on the frontlines of dealing with this ongoing public health crisis. Hotels have always been an active member of our local communities, and this time is no different. AHLA, in partnership with our partner state associations, are proud to work on behalf of our member companies to facilitate partnerships with federal, state and local governments to support the health community during this critical time."
Hotels interested in joining AHLA's "Hotels for Hope" initiative can volunteer HERE. Already, examples of hotels partnering with local and state officials in communities are being reported in Chicago and California, and more efforts are expected in the coming days and weeks, including New York City and Texas.
"The number of hotels wanting to be part of the program is growing by the hour," Michael Jacobson, CEO and president of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association said. "Our hotels are answering the call to action, and they want to be helpful to the city and the state."
"'Hotels for Hope' is just one of the many ways that our hotels are helping those in need in our communities during this time of crisis," said Kim Sabow, President and CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. "We look forward to working with all interested parties, including local and state officials, and the federal government to find innovative solutions to make it through this critical time together."
About the American Hotel & Lodging Association
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support and workforce development programs to move the industry forward. In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitality was the first industry impacted and it will be among the last to recover. That is why AHLA is committed to promoting safe travel while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide through the Safe Stay initiative. With an enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees, hotels across America are ready to welcome back travelers when they are ready to travel. Learn more at www.ahla.com.