We Need Hotel Rooms for Displaced Families — Source: The Bench

Created by a group of hospitality industry veterans, www.Hospitality-Helps.org has been launched to connect Ukrainian residents who are seeking shelter with hotels around Europe that provide free accommodation.

The global #HospitalityHelps initiative has been set up with one goal: to provide temporary hotel accommodation to Ukrainian residents, who are forced to leave their homes as a result of the war. Many families have already sought refuge through this initiative, and hundreds are expected to be accommodated in the coming days. To date, the initiative has 89 supporting hotels in 16 countries and this number is growing every day.

#HospitalityHelps calls on hoteliers to contribute hotel room nights on the platform, powered by HotelSwaps, in the following countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and The Czech Republic. Hotels can contribute their room nights by by clicking here. There is no minimum required room night donation, but each reservation will be of up to 5 nights in double rooms.

According to the UN, more than one million people have fled Ukraine. Most of these are women and children, occasionally accompanied by senior family members. They are traumatised, tired, and scared and fear for their loved ones who have been left behind.

Initiators of #HospitalityHelps are PKF Hospitality Group, HotelSwaps, Zoocha, The Bench and Moodley, supported by many others who have volunteered to help.

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Future Hospitality Summit (FHS)

Date: 19-21 September 2022
Location: Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE


Host Sponsor: Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

Platinum Sponsors: Accor, Dur Hospitality, Hilton, Marjan, Millennium Hotels & Resorts and Radisson Hotel Group

Emerald Sponsors: Emaar Hospitality Group, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, NEOM, Rotana, Royal Commission for AlUla, SMIT Morocco and Taiba Investments.

Gold Sponsors: Aleph Hospitality, CBRE, Colliers, Compass Project Consulting, Dentons, ELAF Group, ENVI Lodges, GG&Grace International, Hospitality Management Holding, HVS, The Indian Hotels Company, Insignia, Interior360, Ishraq Hospitality, IT Hospitality Group, Knight Frank, Louvre Hotels Group, LXA, Mapal Group, Minor Hotels, OBMI, PwC Middle East, QUO, SSH, STR, Valor Hospitality Partners and Voltere by egis.

Silver Sponsors: Deutsche Hospitality and Katch.

Supporters: The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA), Sustainable Hospitality Challenge, and Women in Hospitality (WiH).

Anne Bleeker
In2 Consulting
+971 56 603 0886
The Bench