Hilton and Marriott Hotels to donate rooms to medical professionals working COVID-19 response

Posted at 8:37 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 08:37:17-04

Hilton will donate 1 million hotel rooms for medical professionals working on the coronavirus pandemic response, starting Monday.

The rooms will be available to doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other workers through the end of May, according to Hilton.

"They truly are heroes,” said Hilton President and CEO Christopher Nassetta. “We are honored to extend our Hilton hospitality to them during this difficult time.”

Marriott is also donating $10 million in hotel stays for doctors and nurses. The company's efforts are focused on the areas of the country most affected by coronavirus, like New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans; Detroit; Los Angeles; Las Vegas and Washington.

Marriott will also be letting its customers donate their reward points to a variety of coronavirus relief efforts, including World Central Kitchen, Unicef, the American Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

About 80% of hotel rooms nationwide are empty, according to STR, a firm that analyzes hotel industry data.