More than two million people have fled Ukraine, with up to five million anticipated to flee as Russian soldiers push near key cities.
Vinay Patel, Chair of the AAHOA, Issued The Following Statement:
The Ukrainian people are in the thoughts and prayers of AAHOA Members, Americans, and the entire globe as they suffer through this awful humanitarian situation.
“Seeing the news – images and videos of Ukrainian people in bomb shelters, ﬂeeing their homes, and crowding train stations to get to safety – is incredibly upsetting,” AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel said.
Our industry may have the greatest influence during times of need and hardship. #HospitalityHelps is a new campaign with the only purpose of giving temporary hotel lodging to Ukrainian people who are forced to leave due to the war.
“The hospitality industry has always been one to step up in times of need,” Patel said. “The #HospitalityHelps initiative is a true testament to what can be accomplished when we work together to help those who are suffering.”
#HospitalityHelps is currently connecting families on the run from the war in Ukraine with hotel owners across the world providing free hotel stays.
“At the end of the day, people just need to feel safe. They need a roof over their heads and a place to call home while their country is experiencing extreme unrest,” Patel said. “This is the very foundation of the hotel industry and what hotel owners strive to do every day: provide solace and peace for those who need rest and a safe place to stay.”
Anyone willing to help, in any way, the refugees afflicted by the war can do so through hospitality-helps.org. AAHOA has expressed strong concern and support for the Ukrainians during this whole crisis.