Hungarian hospitality industry mobilises to fight coronavirus

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Hungary: With Budapest's streets empty due to the impact of coronavirus, the Hungarian hospitality industry has responded with kindness.

As the country shuts its borders and closes schools, those in the industry have mobilised their services to support healthcare workers, the sick and the elderly.

In the capital of Budapest, a group of Airbnb operators have joined together on Facebook to provide accommodation to medical workers. The capital has around 10,000 Airbnb units, and the group itself has over 1,200 members.

She is one of 43 operators currently housing healthcare workers in Budapest. As the government has begun fast tracking its medical students, and with healthcare workers worrying about their families, demand for these offerings may soon rise

A hotel manager in the central Hungarian region of Lake Balatoth has done the same, allowing those returning from work abroad to self-isolate. Gergely Toth, manager of Hotel Sunshine said to Reuters: “I ... assumed they would not have the means to self-isolate themselves from their family here.”

There are 39 seasonal workers who are not only being provided accommodation, but free food as well. Other elements of the industry have moved to support those round them, such as pizza shops making free deliveries to the elderly, and civilians volunteering to feed and support medical staff.

The hospitality industry is largely in flux due to the oncoming of the virus. Many hotels have announced major closures, and leading brands like IHG have announced major cost cutting measures.

Many have taken the downturn in business and become charitable, with London hotels opening their beds to rough sleepers. The reopening of Chinese hotels due to a bounce back in travel demand may further signal the industry's security in a post-pandemic world. 


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