Oyo Hotels and Homes has launched a new ‘virtual hotel’ named ‘Oyo Rooms for Carers’ where people can book overnight stays at the cost of £25 per room, per night, for NHS workers amid the coronavirus crisis.
The campaign, which launched last week, with contributions from individual team members, partners and Oyo covering 1,000 rooms, will be made available to NHS staff and other key workers between now and the end of May.
The campaign is now also open to any members of the public who want to “show some care” to healthcare professionals.
Rishabh Gupta, head of Oyo UK said: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to NHS staff working tirelessly on the front line and Oyo Rooms for Carers is our way of saying thank you. We are beginning with rooms for NHS workers, but if the support is there, we’d also love to open this up to more organisations providing vital services.”
Oyo said it is not taking commission on these bookings and the full revenue from every room night booked will be passed on to the hotels accommodating NHS workers to cover the minimum costs of keeping those hotels staffed and operational “under the current circumstances”.
OYO said that many of its hotels are located within a 2km radius of hospitals around the UK. Free room nights will be offered to NHS trusts so that they can match the needs of their colleagues with hotels in the most suitable locations.
Gupta added: “There are many critical areas where NHS funds are needed right now, so some contribution of free room nights is one way that OYO, along with our partners, customers and other supporters, can help.”