May17 2021: Just as the Indian hotel industry was gearing to stage a recovery – albeit modest -- its hopes were dashed by the compulsions of a second nationwide Covid wave.
“We are back to square one” rued Pradeep Shetty, Joint Honorary Secretary, Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Associations of Indi (FHRAI), speaking to the Economic Times, as occupancy hit low single digits or nil, except for quarantine or other pandemonium-related business.
To survive, some hotel operators are tying up with hospitals to offer their properties as ‘halfway hospitals’ for patients battling Covid-19, reported the New Indian Express on May 5.
ITC Hotels has designated four locations so far for the repurposing. Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre Mumbai has started a similar exercise at the Taj President, Cuffe Parade.
Lemon Tree Hotels has offered around 6 hotels to various hospitals in Gurugram, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad for mild/asymptomatic Covid patients and will be partnering with hospitals such as Apollo and Medanta to offer services like medically supervised rooms with oral medication, 24/7 doctor and nursing coverage, 24/7 ambulance support, on call consultation with dietician.
OYO Hotels & Homes has an isolation services in more than 70 properties, India-wide.