Want to help? Do what you do best
Want to help? Do what you do best
12 OCTOBER 2017 7:16 AM

Feel-good stories out of the recent spate of natural disasters proves that we can help others best when we share our natural talents. 

Even though the last few weeks of natural disasters the world has encountered are anything but something to laugh about, we have joked here at Hotel News Now that we’re going to open a weather bureau.

It’s been a rollercoaster the past few months, as regions around the world battle hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires—all events that affect lives on so many levels.

So this week I want to take a quick minute to share some examples with you of how hospitality companies and people are using their talents and businesses to help. The goal of sharing feel-good stories is not just to say, “hey, good job!” It’s also about sharing tips and resources for all readers to store away so they might have a better idea of what to do or how to help when disasters like this hit close to home.

I was surprised, honestly, that this first example I’m sharing, a story we ran last week, didn’t perform better in terms of views from readers. It’s about how some hotels in the path of recent hurricanes stepped up, going above and beyond in their examples of hospitality toward displaced residents, relief workers and more.

Don’t just concentrate on body count, people. Read some GOOD news too, and get tips! A few that stood out to me from this story were:

  • Even if your hotel isn’t in a place hit directly, it may be in an evacuation path. Keep an eye out for ways you can be hospitable to neighbors who might end up in your city because it’s nearby where they need to be.
  • Know that you’re going to need to be flexible. Figure out ahead of time how you’ll deal with pet fee waivers and free rooms.
  • Think outside the box: You may be able to set up resources in meeting space, for example.

The second good-news story I want to share this week is about chef José Andrés, the Spanish-American chef behind many standalone and hotel restaurants around the world too many to name.

If you don’t follow him already on Twitter, do it.

After Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, and while much of the world was still deadlocked politically and geographically from sending aid as quickly as they might like, Andrés took himself to Puerto Rico and, with volunteers, started feeding people.

In the last weeks, Andrés and his growing team of volunteers have traveled around the region, setting up mobile kitchens and doing whatever they can to do what they do best: cook food for people.

Cook food for people. Period. That’s what chefs do. That’s what he’s doing, and it’s grown into a huge #chefsforPuertoRico movement, resulting in thousands and thousands of meals getting to people every day who need it.

He’s doing what he does best.

It’s a good, simple guidepost for all of us, no matter what line of work we’re in: If we do what we do best, in its most simple form, to help people, then we’re all set.

Please use the comments section below to share more stories of how you and your hotel teams are doing that. Spread the good news and let’s learn from each other.

As usual, you can email me at sricca@hotelnewsnow.com or find me on Twitter @HNN_Steph.

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