Tourism gains pace; Hotel staff rush to get vaccinated

The travel and tourism industry is picking up pace with the declining Covid-19 cases in the country. Several hospitality majors have gotten their staff vaccinated, with others rushing to do the same.

Tourism gains pace; Hotel staff rush to get vaccinated

With travel restrictions being eased across the country, corporate travel and tourism is gaining momentum. Hospitality firms are thereby rushing to get their workers vaccinated against Covid-19.

Hospitality majors like Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), The Oberoi Group, and ITC Hotels have already gotten all eligible workers vaccinated. About 15,000 workers at IHCL have got at least one dose of vaccination. “We have been conducting a vigorous vaccination drive for all of our employees, keeping in mind the utmost safety and wellbeing of both our guests and employees. Around 37% of eligible employees over the age of 45 have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the vaccine,” a company spokesperson said. The chain has further extended the vaccination facility to spouses of the workers free of cost.

According to an ITC spokesperson, "nearly all frontline associates have taken the vaccine.” The company follows government vaccination guidelines, including the spacing between the first and second shots. “Those who were asymptomatic or symptomatic Covid-19 patients are also being treated with caution. Before taking the vaccine, they must adhere to the time limit”, he said.

All eligible employees of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Trident Hotels, and Oberoi Flight Services, as well as third-party contractual staff, have been vaccinated by the Oberoi Group.

With declining Covid-19 cases in the country and easing of restrictions, the travel industry has started picking up pace, leading to increased demand for vaccination. The vaccination drive is underway at several other establishments, such as Accor, where 75% of the eligible workers have been vaccinated to date.

Source: Economic Times