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April 15, 2020
In this issue
Accor to pay for employees’ COVID-19 medical bills
Optus Stadium gives big to OzHarvest
Thailand grants visa extensions to those affected by COVID-19
Missing travel? Marriott has the answer
 
 
Accor to pay for employees’ COVID-19 medical bills
 
In its latest trading update, Accor pledged to pay the COVID-19 related hospital expenses for those of its 300,000 employees who do not have social security or medical insurance.
 
To assist with the initiative, board members will forego 20 per cent of their fees, and the group’s chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin will take a 25 per cent pay cut.
 
Commenting on the decision, Bazin said: “Welcoming, protecting and taking care of others is at the very heart of what we do.
 
In light of the urgency and the scale of the situation, we have decided to act in an immediate and meaningful way, in the spirit of our values and commitments.”
Optus Stadium gives big to OzHarvest
 
One organisation that has not paused its efforts is OzHarvest, with the charity continuing to deliver excess food to agencies across Australia that pass it along to the vulnerable. Perth’s Optus Stadium has given OzHarvest an almighty boost this month by donating more than $70,000 worth of food and beverages.
 
Items donated include orange juice, coffee, tea, water, soft drink, chips, nuts and condiments, which would have otherwise gone to waste due to the suspension of the AFL season.
 
RAC Arena has also done its bit for those in need, donating 750 sandwiches, wraps and sushi packs; 40 kilograms of fruit and vegetables; and 30 litres of milk to the Salvation Army, after the Perth Wildcats NBL grand final series was cut short.
Thailand grants visa extensions to those affected by COVID-19
 
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that it is granting automatic visa extensions to foreigners in the country that have been affected by COVID-19.
 
The measure has come into effect immediately, and extends to foreigners with resident visas; foreigners whose visas expired on March 26, 2020, or thereafter; and visitors from neighbouring countries.
 
To find out more about the measures, click here. 
Missing travel? Marriott has the answer
 
This week tourism minister Simon Birmingham predicted that Australians won’t be travelling overseas until at least January 2021. But it’s not all bad news. Marriott has recently launched multi-sensory pods which allow guests to experience international destinations at the blink of an eye.
 
Once inside the pods, people experience the sights, sounds and scent of Marriott hotels in places such as Jordan, Canada, India and Japan.
 
The only challenge is that the pods are located at Marriott Hotel Al Forsan in Abu Dhabi, which might be a little hard to get to right now.
 
Please bring them to Oz. We don’t want to forget what travelling feels like!
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