Brevard Hotel Owners, Hospitality Workers Provide Essential Services During Coronavirus Response
By Space Coast Daily // April 24, 2020
SPACE COAST hotels providing special discounts and services to front line Covid-19 workers
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – On Florida’s Space Coast, hotels have closed to tourists and leisure travelers, but hoteliers and their front-line hospitality workers have looked towards how they can help the community in this time of need.
“Our hotel workers are on the front lines of serving business travelers and are proudly providing an essential service,” said PK Kapur, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Palm Bay.
“We are doing extra cleaning and sanitizing of all guest areas, on a continual basis and our hospitality team has been incredible during this most challenging time.”
As health workers are saving lives, many Brevard local hotels are offering special rates on rooms to provide safe and comforting lodging for the health workers to return to, alleviating their stress and worry of exposing their loved ones.
Many Brevard hotels are getting very creative to accommodate healthcare and other business workers, here in Brevard during the crisis.
From offering temporary office space in their rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, to parking for residents who need a private place to work remotely if they’re unable to use their home, Space Coast hotels are going the extra mile.
“After a long day, healthcare workers are greeted at the front desk with a smile and are able to retire to rooms that have been deep cleaned,” said Tom Williamson, General Manager/Partner of the Hampton Inn by Hilton & Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach/ Cape Canaveral.”
There are also locations that are able to accommodate individuals or families who are self-isolating. and those who are doing other essential business here in Brevard County.
In addition to helping those communities through this difficult time, this also allows hotels to keep staff employed during a crisis where many tourism jobs are being cut back.
Tourism is a $2.1 billion industry on the Space Coast and the hotels are a large portion of this.
Not all hotels have been able to remain open and many have had extensive layoffs. The hotels that are participating in these programs are able to remain operational and contribute to the local economy.
“We will bounce back from this and we will recover, stronger than ever,” said Kapur.
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