From providing discounted stays to healthcare workers to assuring special packages for safe travel, MakeMyTrip and Yatra.com join fight against COVID-19. By Kumar Shree
Coronavirus has shadowed the world in the gloom. We are transcending a troubled time, where the healthcare professionals are our real superheroes. They are working round the clock to help contain and cure the enigmatic virus. Tight work schedule has forced most of the paramedics to stay at hospitals only. In fact, many are voluntarily avoiding to go home because the fear of carrying this virus to their families have clutched their heads and hearts.
Therefore, keeping in mind the current scenario, MMT, with its new initiative, ‘Stays for Saviours’, has partnered with hotels across 26 states and four union territories, so that medical practitioners can easily book from at least 900 hotels across 200 cities in the country.
Some of the big hotel chains that have come forward to be a part of this initiative include The Park Hotels, IHG, Ginger Hotels, TreeHouse, Lemon Tree Hotels, Oyo Hotels, Sarovar Hotels, Royal Orchid, Citrus Group, Intellistay, Justa, Golden Tulip Hotels Chain, Lyvue group, and more.
“We are rolling out #StaysForSaviours initiative with more than 900 hotel properties across 200 cities in India that have opened doors to support the frontline healthcare workers who need our encouragement during this difficult time. #CoronaVirusUpdates,” the online booking portal tweeted.
Moreover, Yatra.com has also come up with ‘Yatra Service Assured’ packages, which focuses on the safety needs of its customers. These packages ensure hotel services with 24×7 emergency helpline number, travel insurance, sanitised vehicles, flexible check-in and check-out, meals prepared in hygienic conditions, and quality transport services. Cancellation fee waiver, 100 per cent instant refund, and free child travel are also included in the package.
Lauding the courage of healthcare workers, MMT’s Executive Chairman Deep Kalra assured of providing comfortable and subsidised accommodation options for them. Group CEO Rajesh Magow further thanked the partner hotels for their support in serving the medical fraternity at a time like this.
Moreover, Yatra.com co-founder and CEO Dhruv Shringi also saluted the contribution of the brave heroes from the medical fraternity, all first responders and essential service workers, and confirmed of launching ‘Yatra Service Assured’ packages, to ensure safe travel in future.”
Last week, Airbnb had also announced a similar ‘Open Homes’ initiative, to offer free stays to healthcare and relief workers.