Local Hotels Willing to House Healthcare Workers

Here are today’s updated stats from the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA):

AHLA has launched Hotels For Hope, an initiative to connect hoteliers with government entities interested in using properties during this time of crisis to support communities across the country by connecting hotel properties with the health community, struggling to find housing and support as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows.

To help match and streamline the process, AHLA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to create a national database, which will allow Government officials  to search willing properties based on geographic location.

In just a few short days, over 6,500 hoteliers have stepped up to offer a way to help their communities in this time of need, dozens of properties in Hawaii have already expressed their readiness and participation in this program, including but not limited to:

  • As of March 25, seven out of 10 hotel rooms were empty across the country.
  • Individual hotels and major operators across the country and here in Hawaii are projecting occupancy below 20% for the coming weeks and months. At an occupancy rate of 35% or lower, many hotels will simply close their doors, putting 33,000 small business vendors to our properties at immediate risk.
  • In Hawaii, most of our member properties are in the process of or have already started to consolidate operations, close properties, and, unfortunately, lay off, furlough, or reduce compensation for thousands of our hotel employees across the State. 
  • Since the public health issue began escalating in mid-February in the U.S., hotels have already lost more than $5 billion in room revenue.
  • Based on current occupancy estimates for the immediate future and historical employment impact rates, nearly 3.9 million total jobs have either already been eliminated or will be eliminated in the next few weeks.  More than 57,000 of these lost jobs are right here in Hawaii.
  • With 70% of direct hotel employees laid off or furloughed, hotel workers across the country are losing more than $2.4B in earnings each week.