New campaign offers healthcare workers free vacations once the pandemic ends

Apr 17 2020, 5:21 pm

A bed and breakfast provider in Spain has launched a new campaign that will offer free vacations to healthcare workers once the pandemic subsides.

Launched by Ian Rutter and Andrew Watson, owners of Casa Higueras in Andalucia Spain, the #MyTravelPledge is rallying for other accommodation providers around the world to join the movement and give back to frontline workers.

“Any help you can give will be fantastic,” said Rutter.

In a video shared on the My Travel Pledge page, Rutter says it would be easy to paint a very bleak picture about the future. Instead, he and his husband have opted to “try to think positively” about a post-pandemic world and want to give back to the travel sector and essential workers.

“Seeing how frontline health workers are having to fight this virus, it gave us the inspiration to give them something to look forward to when the virus does eventually subside,” he explains.

The duo has decided to offer free short-breaks to hospital staff so they have something to look forward to.

“Everybody needs something to look forward to,” he says. “I think they will need a period of rest and relaxation, somewhere quiet where they can regroup.”

Rutter says Casa Higueras has empty beds and it only makes sense to give them to deserving people who can “really benefit from them” when the pandemic is over.

People can visit the campaign’s website to nominate family members, friends, and colleagues for a free stay at Casa Higueras as well as browse properties of other accommodations offering free stays, and more information.

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