Hotels do their part to help community


An aid recipient picking up a parcel of essential items at Hotel Sentral in Johor Baru.

AS THE tourism industry continues to be badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order since last year, several hotel operators have taken the initiative to help those in need.

Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Johor chapter chairman Ivan Teo said besides giving out free meals, hotel owners and their management staff had joined the White Flag movement and set up food banks to help the needy.

“In the spirit of the White Flag movement, hotels here are responding to the calls for help from those struggling financially,” he said.

Throughout July, Suasana Suites Johor Baru, located along Jalan Trus in the city, mobilised delivery vans to disburse food parcels to households where white flags were hoisted.

“This initiative benefits at least 25 different homes each day,” said Teo.

Separately, Hotel Sentral in the city centre started a food bank at the entrance of its hotel with a table laden with parcels of essential items for needy city folk.

The food aid giveaway at the hotel available for walk-in pick-up ends today.

Teo said Renaissance Johor Baru Hotel had been distributing food packs with side dishes daily from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at its premises as well.

“The initiative is in line with its parent company Marriott International’s Serve 360 Doing Good In Every Direction.

“The food packs are for needy members of the public in Permas Jaya,” he added.

Teo further said that Sand and Sandals Desaru Beach Resort and Spa was working with non-governmental organisations to distribute food aid to about 150 to 200 families in the Desaru and Teluk Sengat areas who had raised white flags.

“I salute hotels that are still helping others despite having difficulties keeping their businesses afloat.

“We are trained to place our guests first.

“Now is the time to place our country first by helping those who need basic necessities to survive,” concluded Teo.

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