NEEDHAM, Mass., April 23, 2020 – Tripadvisor®, the world’s largest travel platform, has launched Hotels for Health, a program to connect healthcare and government agencies worldwide with lodging providers that can supply rooms in this time of need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many hospitals are in crisis mode with frontline healthcare providers unable to return to their homes after their shift due to a variety of reasons (e.g., close interaction with positive COVID-19 patients). The rooms provided by Tripadvisor’s hotel, inn and bed and breakfast partners will make a positive impact in the lives of our healthcare heroes who might need a safe place to rest, relax and recharge.
The site, at tripadvisor.com/business/hotelsforhealth, allows healthcare providers to advise that they need rooms, and hotels to advise that they have spare rooms available. The teams at Tripadvisor will then connect the hotels and healthcare providers.
“At this challenging time, we know Tripadvisor can play a unique role in helping to support the accommodation needs of frontline medical workers who seek out temporary housing, and we’re pleased to ask our hotel partners to do the same,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer, Tripadvisor. “We know so many frontline medical workers can’t simply return home after work because they live with someone with a compromised immune system, so Tripadvisor is proud to offer help where possible.”
Tripadvisor will use its extensive database of over two million accommodation properties worldwide to help target bespoke lists in specific areas where there is an urgent need for beds.
Tripadvisor connects healthcare institutions with willing accommodation partners. After making this connection, the logistics and details of the lodging experience are then managed directly by those two parties (excluding Tripadvisor).
After a trial connecting the UK’s National Health Service and select hotels in the south of England, Tripadvisor is now expanding the program globally.
This initiative comes alongside some of the largest hotel chains, including Marriott, Hilton, and Accor, who are also running similar programs to use their empty beds for good.
Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform*, helps 463 million travelers each month** make every trip their best trip. Travelers across the globe use the Tripadvisor site and app to browse 859 million reviews and opinions of 8.6 million accommodations, restaurants, experiences, airlines and cruises. Whether planning or on a trip, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to compare low prices on hotels, flights and cruises, book popular tours and attractions, as well as reserve tables at great restaurants. Tripadvisor, the ultimate travel companion, is available in 49 markets and 28 languages.
The subsidiaries and affiliates of Tripadvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), own and operate a portfolio of travel media brands and businesses, operating under various websites and apps, including the following websites: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bokun.io, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.restorando.com, and www.bookatable.co.uk), www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.singleplatform.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, and www.viator.com.
* Source: Jumpshot for Tripadvisor Sites, worldwide, November 2019
** Source: Tripadvisor internal log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2019
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