Marriott, Manchester United’s Official Hotel Partner, have provided support to those most at need during the coronavirus pandemic, with a number of charitable causes and initiatives:
Marriott International around the world takes care of local communities and healthcare workers
As the devastating impact of COVID-19 was felt around the world, Marriott International established various initiatives to assist healthcare workers and communities on the frontline, working to contain this disease.
In the US, with support from credit card partners, American Express and JPMorgan Chase, Marriott committed to provide $10 million worth of hotel stays for healthcare professionals leading the fight against COVID-19 in the United States. The initiative, ‘Rooms for Responders’, provides free rooms in some of the areas most impacted, including: New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. The company collaborated with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association to match doctors and nurses with free accommodations at participating hotels.
In a separate effort for frontline healthcare workers, the company joined forces with a number of our hotel owners and franchisee partners to launch the Community Caregiver Program. This initiative, available in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, provides significantly discounted rates for first responders and healthcare professionals who want to book rooms at hotels in close proximity to the hospitals where they’re working.
In Mexico, Marriott International partnered with Mastercard International and Grupo Financiero Banorte to provide 10 million pesos worth of hotel stays with an initiative called ‘Rooms For Responders Mexico’. The company is providing free rooms at eight of its local hotels to support healthcare professional leading the fight against COVID-19 in some of the areas most impacted by the pandemic. To implement this initiative, Marriott International collaborated with the Association of Cardiologists, Otorhinolaryngology and the Mexican Academy of Surgeons to match doctors and nurses with free accommodations at participating properties.
In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the company introduced a Healthcare Hero discounted rate, offered to doctors, nurses, hospital workers and ambulance services, from 1 June 2020 to 28 February 2021. In addition, while hotels were temporarily closed across the region, Marriott International employees took the initiative to help their local communities, showcasing the warm, caring and hospitable nature that is intrinsic to all hoteliers. Teams from hotels across the region have been working hard, from supporting medical staff, donating food and bed linen, making masks and supporting key workers, to taking care of those in need in their local communities.
Hotels and corporate teams at Marriott International in Asia Pacific also introduced similar programmes throughout the region to support healthcare workers and medical frontliners. Individual hotels worked with local charities and organisations to support local communities. In China, Marriott International has donated RMB 5 million through the China Youth Development Foundation to Hubei Youth Development Foundation to support the treatment of patients of pneumonia infected with novel coronavirus - including the purchase of materials, PPE and other relevant items for epidemic control and prevention across cities in Hubei.
With all of these initiatives at our hotels across the world, the goal is simple – we want to support the frontline heroes who are selflessly supporting us.