THE Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on the hotel industry.
Acknowledging this, Malaysian Hotel Association (MAH) Selangor Chapter initiated its second Food Aid programme by organising a fundraising drive for cash and kind with the support of Selangor Tourism and MAH National.
This was inspired by the success of its first CSR initiative that had the support of Malaysian Aeon Foundation under the leadership of former president Datin Yasmin Merican.
A total of 1,200 hotel workers who had lost their jobs due to the many hotel closures in the country were grateful to receive the food and essential items for two months in April and May this year when the pandemic was at its worst.
With its own MAH Cares programme themed “Together We Deliver to our Fellow Hoteliers”, MAH Selangor Chapter raised RM90,000 through generous contributions in cash and in kind from organisations such as Tourism Selangor, English Hotbread, Sama Sama Hotel KLIA, Acappella Suite Hotel, Dorsett Grand Subang, Silka Maytower, BMC Tours & Travel, Motac and Yeo Hiap Seng (Yeo’s).
The 880 food boxes were filled with daily essentials and distributed to former as well as current hotel workers in Selangor and Putrajaya who are in need of help.
“We are thankful that there are still very supportive organisations and individuals out there who empathise with the ongoing situation and willingly stepped in to contribute towards our programme,” said MAH Selangor Chapter chairman Datin Jasmine Abdullah Heng.
“A big thank you to Tourism Selangor and the board members of MAH as well as to Francis Alberto at the Secretariat who have all worked tirelessly in coordinating the distribution of the food aid boxes,” she added.
MAH Selangor Chapter, apart from supporting and promoting the tourism campaign developed by Selangor Tourism — “Pusing Selangor Dulu” — is also working closely with MAH’s Tourism Recovery Committee to formulate strategies to help the tourism industry recover.