Here’s some of what the travel industry has done and continues to do, more than a month after the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war:
The Auto Club Group contributes its resources by supporting World Central Cuisine, a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres. World Central Kitchen provides meals to evacuees from Ukraine at points along its border.
Part of that support is also transportation — the AAA team was able to expedite the issuance of international driver’s licenses to World Central Kitchen staff in Poland who were able to rent cars in order to support the efforts of the organization.
Airbnb, through its association, provided free temporary accommodation to at least 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. The home-sharing platform also allowed people around the world to support Ukrainian hosts by booking their own homes and sending messages of support through the platform. It also allows hosts to start hosting for free or at a reduced price, in order to find refugee guests a place to stay.
Airbnb also continues to match all donations made through its platform.
The river cruise company told TMR last month that it had loaned one of its river vessels to provide temporary accommodation for refugees fleeing Ukraine to the Netherlands.
The ship docked alongside another ship that will provide catering services to the refugees.
“We are deeply saddened by what is happening in Ukraine. We want to do everything we can to provide support to those affected through our partnership with the Port of Amsterdam, we are able to offer emergency accommodation for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the Netherlands,” the President said. and co-founder Rudi Schreiner.
Carnival Corp’s Costa Cruises. has lent its ship Costa Magica to the Italian government to use as part of its plan to welcome refugees over the next few weeks. Costa also provides medical supplies to support those in need in Ukraine.
Additionally, the Netherlands revealed this week that it will use Holland America Line’s Volendam as a temporary shelter for Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands during a three-month stay in Rotterdam. During this time, the ship will house and feed around 1,500 Ukrainians, as part of the country’s wider commitment to accommodate 50,000 people.
Holland America Group has also set up a $1 million emergency relief fund to provide direct financial support to members of its Ukrainian team. Ukrainian crew members can receive advice, a free internet connection to communicate with their family and plan accommodations such as early disembarkation or an extension to stay on board if necessary.
The moves followed a $3 million donation from the Mickey and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, the organization created and named after Carnival Corp. chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine, to also bring assistance to Ukrainian refugees.
The tour operator Collette has pledged $200,000 as part of his foundation to support humanitarian organizations on the ground in Ukraine. This money will be pledged to help specific organizations on the ground to help refugees and those affected by the crisis.
“The commitment to making the world a better place through travel has always been Collette’s primary goal. Providing this level of support is at the forefront of why our family chose to create the foundation and situations such as they are exactly why we do what we do,” said Collette President Jaclyn Leibl-Cote.
During Ensemble Elite’s last trip on AmaMagna on the Danube, Ensemble was able to stock up on supplies, including blankets, diapers, toothbrushes, razors, etc., from participants to send to the aid from the Hungarian Reformed Church for distribution.
“While the purpose of this trip is to celebrate the top advisors in our Consortium, our members have let us know that they also want to do something meaningful to help those affected by this horrific situation,” said David Harris, CEO of Ensemble Travel Group. .
“It was so heartwarming to see attendees arrive with extra suitcases full of items to donate and know they will be helping those in need.”
Family Responsibility Foundation
The Family Bonds Foundation, an organization of the Travel Leaders Group, recently announced that it has raised $13,000 for the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM), an organization currently trying to get aid in and refugees out. from Ukraine. GEM is a preferred charity partner for ASTA in support of Ukraine.
The Family Bonds Foundation, led by Jackie Friedman of Nexion, was created to support struggling families, children and communities.
“ASTA’s partnership with GEM has provided us with the perfect opportunity to contribute to a charity that is on the ground in the middle of the situation, actively working with Ukrainians,” Friedman said.
Israeli Ministry of Tourism
Israel’s Tourism Ministry announced last week that it would begin offering free tours throughout Israel to new immigrants who fled the war in Ukraine. All tours are led by licensed Russian-speaking tour guides and include guidance and transport from the 20 hotels where new immigrants are staying until housing solutions can be found.
“We are thrilled to announce this addition to our guided tours in Israel and are grateful as a country to be able to welcome those fleeing war in Ukraine,” said Eyal Carlin, North America Tourism Commissioner. .
The hotel giant Marriott is allowing Bonvoy members to donate points to relief efforts through its website here, with matching donations from Marriott dot for dot for World Central Kitchen and Unicef. Since this week, more than 46 million Bonvoy points have already been donated. Marriott hotels have also been used as accommodation for refugees fleeing their homes in Ukraine.
The hotel company also donated $1 million to support affected associates, their families and area communities. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation also donated an additional $1 million to support associates and organizations on the ground, including UNICEF, World Central Kitchen, International Rescue Committee, International Federation of the Red Cross, etc.
The MSC Foundation, the charitable arm of the parent company of MSC Cruises, undertakes a number of initiatives to support refugees fleeing Ukraine, including providing accommodation in Romania to Ukrainian crew members and their families and covering all related expenses and food.
It is also dedicating 20 forty-foot containers to transport relief items collected by donors and coordinated at the Ukrainian Embassy in Spain and will continue to offer container transport to deliver supplies to refugees.
The foundation has also launched a fundraising campaign to provide 250,000 emergency items to refugees as soon as they cross the border. The money raised is matched by MSC and used to buy 50,000 folding camp beds, 100,000 sleeping bags and 100,000 thermal blankets. All funds raised will go towards these relief items as logistics and shipping are handled by MSC Group resources.
Royal Caribbean is also helping all of its Ukrainian crew members and their families return home or near home, according to a Facebook post by Michael Bayley last month. According to Bayley, Royal employs more than 500 Ukrainian crew members.
Unicomm and TMR
Proceeds from the latest New York Travel and Adventure Show, hosted by TMR and Unicomm, also went to organizations providing relief to Ukraine.