Best Western considers turning hotels into temporary hospitals

The UK-based hotel group said it is willing to support the national effort against coronavirus

Best Western Great Britain CEO Rob Paterson
Boutique Hotelier
Best Western Great Britain CEO Rob Paterson

Independent hotel group Best Western Great Britain has said it is considering turning its hotels into temporary hospitals. Reported by Boutique Hotelier, the group will hold talks this week with its members across the country.

Best Western Great Britain CEO Rob Paterson explained the group is willing to help the UK with its national fight against coronavirus. He said: “We are in unprecedented territory so we would be willing to take unprecedented steps to support the national effort.”

As the number of official COVID-19 cases in the UK grow, additional pressure is being placed on the National Health Service. Paterson urged: “If the NHS wants additional bedspace, and we can partner with other companies to provide the right medical equipment and supplies and we can do it safely, then we would be willing to start having those conversations immediately. Whatever we can do to help.”

Hotels across the globe have been feeling the strain of travel bans and ordered closures. In the Middle Eastern region, properties have tried to mitigate slumped demand by offering residents limited-time discounts and offers.

Best Western Great Britain portfolio currently comprises more than 280 hotels across the UK.

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