The new initiative supports returning ethnic-minority residents from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Through its recently launched Ovolo Homecoming Project, Ovolo Hotels is extending a helping hand to Hong Kong residents stranded abroad who are unable to afford the 21-night hotel quarantine mandated by the territory’s government. Ethnic-minority individuals with financial difficulties looking to get home will be eligible for a quarantine stay of just HK$1 per night (for a total of HK$21) at Ovolo Southside, and the group has so far pledged up to 200 room nights toward the campaign.
Hong Kong’s user-pays quarantine system means that returning travelers must fork out at least HK$8,400 (roughly US$1,083), no small amount for families supported by those working low-paying jobs in the construction and F&B sectors. The hotel company has partnered with locally based NGOs including Tung Wah Group of Hospitals; The Zubin Foundation, whose aim is to improve the lives of the city’s marginalized ethnic minorities; and Pathfinders — a charity dedicated to helping children born to migrant mothers.
Together with the Zubin Foundation and Pathfinders, Ovolo Hotels has already begun vetting applications from potential candidates, who must fill out a form via the Ovolo website and wait around 10 days to hear back about their applications. Once they have been accepted for a three-week quarantine at Ovolo Southside, returnees will be able to apply for financial assistance to cover their travel costs, which will be met in part at a ceiling of HK$4,000 per person by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.
In a statement, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Ovolo Hotels, said, “The Ovolo Homecoming Project is the first of its kind, and I am very proud to be partnering with the likes of Shalini Mahtani from The Zubin Foundation and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, both very respected organizations in our community, on such a meaningful project. Apart from helping the people of Hong Kong, I am hoping that this project will also set a precedent for other Hong Kong leaders to step forward and give back to the community around them — the community that’s given us all so much.”
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