Here are some of what tourism has done and still does more than a month after the Russo-Ukrainian War:
The Auto Club Group lends its resources with support World central cuisine, a non – profit, non – governmental organization founded by renowned chef Jose Andres. World Central Kitchen provides food to those evacuated from Ukraine in places along its borders.
Transport is also part of this support — the AAA team was able to speed up the issuance of international driving licenses to World Central Kitchen employees in Poland who could rent cars to support the organization’s efforts.
Airbnb, through its non-profit, provided free temporary accommodation to at least 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. The home-sharing platform has also enabled people around the world to support Ukrainian hosts by booking their own homes and sending support messages through the platform. It also allows hosts to start hosting for free or at a discount to find refugee guests a place to stay.
Airbnb also continues to value all donations made through its platform.
TMR said last month that it had lent one of its river boats to provide temporary accommodation for refugees fleeing Ukraine to the Netherlands.
The ship is moored next to another vessel that will provide food services to refugees.
“We are deeply saddened by what is happening in Ukraine. We want to do everything in our power to provide support to those affected, through our partnership with the port of Amsterdam, we are able to offer some emergency accommodation for Ukrainian refugees coming to the Netherlands, “said President and Co-Founder Rudi Schreiner.
Costa Cruises of Carnival Corp. lent its ship Costa Magica to the Italian government, which is to be used as part of its plan to receive refugees in the coming weeks. Costa also provides medical supplies to support those who need them in Ukraine.
The Netherlands also announced this week that it will use the Volendam Holland America Line as a temporary refuge for Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands during a three-month stay in Rotterdam. During this period, the ship will accommodate and feed approximately 1,500 Ukrainians, which is part of the country’s greater commitment to accommodate 50,000 people.
Holland America Group has also set up a $ 1 million emergency aid fund that provides direct financial support to its Ukrainian team members. Ukrainian crew members can receive counseling, free internet to communicate with their family and plan accommodation, such as early disembarkation or extension on board, as needed.
The move followed a $ 3 million donation from the Mickey Family Foundation and Madeleine Arison, an organization built and named after the chairman of Carnival Corp. Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine, in order to provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees as well.
Collette Travel Agency has he pledged $ 200,000 as part of his foundation to support humanitarian organizations in the field 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 make the world a better place by traveling has always been Collette’s main goal. Providing this level of support is at the forefront of why our family has decided to lay the groundwork, and it is precisely these situations that are why we do what we do, ”said Collette President Jaclyn Leibl-Cote.
During the Ensemble Elite’s last trip to AmaMagna on the Danube, the Ensemble managed to obtain supplies, including blankets, diapers, toothbrushes, razors and more, from participants to send to the Hungarian Reformed Church for distribution.
“While the purpose of this trip is to celebrate our consortium’s best advisors, our members have told us that they also want to do something meaningful to help those affected by this dire situation,” said David Harris, CEO of Ensemble Travel Group. .
“It was really gratifying to see participants come up with additional suitcases filled with items they can donate and to know they will help those in need.”
Family Bond Foundation
The Family Bonds Foundation, the Travel Leaders Group, recently announced that it has raised $ 13,000 for the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM), an organization currently seeking aid to Ukraine and refugees from Ukraine. GEM is ASTA’s preferred charity partner when it comes to helping Ukraine.
The Family Bonds Foundation, led by Jackie Friedman of Nexion, was created to support families, children and communities in difficulty.
“ASTA’s partnership with GEM has given us the perfect opportunity to contribute to a charity that is right on the ground and working actively with Ukrainians,” said Friedman.
Israeli Ministry of Tourism
The Israeli Ministry of Tourism announced last week that it will begin providing free tours throughout Israel for new immigrants who fled the war in Ukraine. All tours are led by Russian-speaking, licensed tourist guides and include escorts and transfers from the 20 new immigrant hotels until a housing solution is found.
“We are excited to announce this addition to our Israeli parades and we are grateful that as a country we can welcome those fleeing the war in Ukraine,” said Eyal Carlin, North America’s Tourism Commissioner.
The hotel’s giant Marriott is allows Bonvoy members to donate help points through their website here, with Marriott comparing donations point by point for World Central Kitchen and Unicef. More than 46 million Bonvoy points have been donated since this week. Marriott hotels are also used as accommodation for refugees fleeing their homes in Ukraine.
The hotel company also donated $ 1 million to support disabled associates, their families and communities in the region. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation has also donated an additional $ 1 million to support collaborators and field organizations, including UNICEF, World Central Kitchen, the International Rescue Committee, the International Federation of Red Cross and others.
The MSC Foundation, a charitable subsidiary of the parent company MSC Cruises, is taking a number of initiatives to support refugees fleeing Ukraine, including offering accommodation in Romania to Ukrainian crew members and their families and covering all related expenses and meals.
It also donates 20 40-meter containers to transport humanitarian items collected by donors and coordinated at the Ukrainian Embassy in Spain, and will continue to offer container transport to secure supplies for refugees.
The foundation has also launched a fundraising campaign to provide 250,000 refugees for refugees as soon as they cross borders. The money raised will be called 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 to these ancillary items, as logistics and transport are provided from MSC Group resources.
Royal Caribbean is also helping all of its Ukrainian crew members and their families get home or close to home, according to Michael Bayley’s Facebook post last month. According to Bayley, Royal employs more than 500 crew members from Ukraine.
Unicomm and TMR
Proceeds from the latest New York Travel and Adventure Show, organized by TMR and Unicomm, have also been donated to organizations providing assistance to Ukraine.