Best Western pledges 15,000 hotel rooms for medical use
The group is aiming to help with hospital bed shortages
Following the announcement Best Western Great Britain was considering turning its hotels in hospitals, it has been revealed that 15,000 rooms are being set aside for medical use.
Reported by Boutique Hotelier, the rooms will be available for NHS staff, care workers, families, over 70s and low risk coronavirus patients. The initiative was introduced to help give UK hospital wards more beds to treat the UK’s most vulnerable COVID-19 patients.
Best Western Great Britain head of hotel services Andrew Denton said: “Since our offer to help at the weekend we have had an overwhelmingly positive response from our hotels. Local hospitals, councils and local authorities have also been in touch directly asking for help and today we are repurposing our technology and our call centre to manage the interest and the demand.”
Denton added: “We would urge the wider hospitality industry to join our cause too. We are serious about helping reduce the number of deaths. 20,000 is too many. If our rooms and our support can be part of the solution that brings that figure down, then we will have done our job.”
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.
The 15,000 rooms presents more than 90% of the UK-based group’s portfolio across 270 hotels according to Boutique Hotelier.