HFTP publishes an urgent message from the Ukrainian Association of Hotels and Resorts
Today, Frank Wolfe, CEO of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), had the honor of speaking with Irina Sidletska, President of the Ukrainian Hotel and Resort Association (UHRA), while she was safe in a bomb shelter in Ukraine. She contacted Wolfe, requesting that the following unedited information be passed on to the tourism industry.
The message is:
The Ukrainian Hotel and Resort Association (UHRA) urges U.S.-based tourism and hotel associations, as well as the broader tourism community – travel authorities and bodies, trade associations and businesses – to lobby for mandatory restrictive measures to the Russian tourism and hotel industry:
- Expel Russia from UNWTO (please see respectful appeal, + list of local tourism authorities);
- Expel Russia from IATA and its organs (please see respectful appeal);
- Urge global OTAs, i.e. holding companies that own/operate booking.com, expedia.com, hrs.de, hotels.com, C-trip.com, Airbnb and others to immediately discontinue their services on the Russian territory, and for Russian entities and individuals;
- Urge international wholesalers and tour operators such as Hotelbeds, DOTW, Sunhotel, Travco to end any type of relationship and serve Russian tourists and business units.
The Association of Hotels and Resorts of Ukraine is an independent voluntary non-profit public organization uniting hotels and resorts operating in the Ukrainian market. We are also open to membership by full or associate members of hotel associations, hotel development companies and higher and secondary education institutions that train professionals in the hospitality industry. The Association is free for new members to join and for registered members to leave.
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