Hilton has joined forces with American Express to offer one million hotel rooms to US frontline medical staff during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
The companies will provide hotel rooms free of charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical professionals who need somewhere to sleep or safely self-isolate from their families between 13 April and the end of May.
The rooms will be provided at or below cost by Hilton’s network of independent owners and franchisees, with American Express investing alongside Hilton in the donation of the rooms.
According to Hilton, frontline medical staff will be able to stay in a number of Hilton brands, including Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton and others.
Hilton president and CEO Christopher Nassetta said: “During this crisis, we have seen so many examples of medical professionals working in the most challenging circumstances, sacrificing their own needs for the greater good.
“We are honoured to extend our Hilton hospitality to them during this difficult time.”
Hilton is initially working with ten medical associations to help the organisations’ more than one million members to provide access to the programme.
The programme is intended to assist healthcare workers who would otherwise had to spend their own money on accommodations.
American Express chairman and CEO Stephen Squeri said: “Our medical workers who are courageously and selflessly serving on the frontlines in the coronavirus crisis represent the best of who we are.
“We’re honoured to support this initiative with our longtime partner, Hilton, to provide the heroes in our communities a place to rest, recharge and help keep their loved ones safe during this time.”