Hotel technology company Cloudbeds has created an online
portal to connect hotels with health care providers and local governments.
“HospitalityHelps” is the name of the initiative to enable
hotels to offer their properties for use as field hospitals, for healthcare
works that need a place to stay, for family members of patients and for other
“With each passing hour, we face an ever more acute shortage
of available beds for the sick and for health professionals who are fighting
coronavirus. At the same time, we are seeing many lodging providers reducing
occupancy or sitting empty altogether,” says Adam Harris, CEO at Cloudbeds.
“The hotel industry has always been about people first and
foremost. #Hospitalityhelps is
connecting our hotel customers and industry partners with government and
healthcare agencies to help people who need it most - by making more beds
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Hoteliers can fill out a form online to
make their properties available. Government and healthcare agencies can email firstname.lastname@example.org to share their
“This is a time when all of us must take action to do what
we can to avoid reaching an unprecedented breaking point in our health care
system. It doesn’t make sense that patients in need of beds should be without
them, when there are hundreds of beds available around the corner,” says Richard
Castle, president and COO at Cloudbeds.
“We have a team of people working around the clock to help
alleviate the strain by mobilizing the hospitality community. As communities
continue to act urgently to prepare, we hope that leaders in hospitality and
other industries will step forward to support them."
According to the site’s FAQ, determination of whether hotels
will be paid for providing housing will be done on a case-by-case basis by the
On March 11 Cloudbeds received $82 million in funding to further develop its hospitality management technology platform.