Designer hotel collection Ovolo has pledged to encourage its employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, as well as reward guests for getting the jab.
In Australia, Ovolo’s ‘Vax. Pact.’ initiative will pledge all employees to have had their first vaccination by 31 October 2021 and their second jab by the end of the year.
Girish Jhunjhnuwala, founder and CEO of Ovolo Group, said this commitment is to ensure the safety of both guests and employees alike, and ultimately see travel and hospitality return.
“Ovolo’s employees are its most valued assets – they are the heart and soul of delivering the unique Ovolo experience,” he said.
“The immediate future of tourism and hospitality depends on high vaccination rates, and as a business, we have a responsibility to our industry to drive this. Vax. Pact. is the first step but, within our power, we will do whatever it takes.”
Ovolo is offering assistance to staff in getting vaccinated by providing time off, covering out-of-pocket expenses associated with vaccination, accommodating vaccine appointments around work, and is also considering the introduction of rewards or incentives if required.
All of Ovolo’s Australian leadership team are already partly or fully vaccinated; 85 per cent of Hong Kong employees have had their first vaccination, and 70 per cent their second; and 98 per cent of Bali employees have had their first jab, and 76 per cent their second.
To further encourage the community to get vaccinated, Ovolo will offer incentives to those fully-vaccinated guests who stay, drink and dine at any of its properties in Australia, including dining offers, competitions and additional Ovolo perks when they present their MyGov vaccination certificate.
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