Marriott International’s president and CEO, Arne Sorenson, provided an update from the company on April 8.
First, Marriott, along with American Express and JPMorgan Chase, has committed to provide $10 million worth of hotel stays for healthcare professionals leading the fight against COVID-19 in the United States. The initiative, called Rooms for Responders, will provide free rooms in some of the areas most affected including New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey. To implement this initiative, the companies collaborated with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association to match doctors and nurses with free accommodations at participating hotels.
Then, in a separate effort for frontline healthcare workers, Marriott has joined with a number of its hotel owners and franchisee partners to launch the Community Caregiver Program. This initiative, available in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America, provides significantly discounted rates for first responders and healthcare professionals who want to book rooms at hotels in close proximity to the hospitals where they’re working. The rate is available on Marriott.com at nearly 2,500 hotels.
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