Hotels and resorts employ people in their local communities, support the local farmers, fishermen and artisans, and sometimes, even bring to light social and environmental causes in the locality.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused travel to take an extended pause, disrupting hotel services and affecting the livelihoods of those dependent on them. Even though it is clearly not business as usual, these hotels and resorts are doing what they can to offer some support to those who need them.
The tented resort of Aman-i-Khas in Ranthambore National Park in India has been supplying food and general supplies to local schools, preparing food parcels for labourers in fields and farms where the resort’s kitchen get its fresh produce, as well as supporting local farmers by buying food from them for its own staff. It has also donated a disinfection machine to a local hospital.
On the tiny island of Pamalican in the middle of the Sulu Sea, Amanpulo has donated educational videos on infection prevention tips to a local community in nearby Manamoc Island. Its resident doctor too has been making frequent visits to the island to offer medical check-ups.
In Bhutan, Amankora has been donating fresh produce to hotels that are being used for quarantine.