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In a significant development, Ovolo Hotels proudly unveils "The Ovolo Homecoming Project" in collaboration with Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and The Zubin Foundation, with additional support from Pathfinders. This strategic initiative, a joint effort between the esteemed Hong Kong-based hotel group and its local partners, is geared towards facilitating the return of stranded Hong Kong residents to their homes. The project underscores a collective commitment to addressing the challenges faced by the community amid the evolving landscape of travel and global uncertainties.
The Ovolo Homecoming Project
Ovolo Hotels launches "The Ovolo Homecoming Project," offering Hong Kong residents in financial need a chance to quarantine at Ovolo Southside for HK$1 per night during the 21-night government-mandated quarantine. Ovolo commits up to 200 room nights for this initiative and collaborates with The Zubin Foundation and Pathfinders for candidate selection. Applications can be submitted on the Ovolo website, and successful candidates can also seek travel cost assistance, capped at HK$4,000 per person by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. Girish Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Ovolo Hotels, anticipates the project to set a precedent for community-driven initiatives among Hong Kong leaders.
“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," said Girish Jhunjhnuwala, chief executive officer of Ovolo Hotels.
Shalini Mahtani, Founder and CEO of The Zubin Foundation, emphasizes the project's significance: “At The Zubin Foundation, we improve the lives of marginalized ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. The poverty rate of ethnic minorities pre-COVID was already high at 25.7%. The pandemic has further hit the ethnic minority community, especially those who work in the F&B, airport-related jobs and construction. We are proud to be partnering with Ovolo’s HK$1 initiative supporting ethnic minorities individuals who are in financial need. Ovolo will be providing financially needy ethnic minorities who are Hong Kong residents and who are unable to afford to quarantine in Hong Kong’s hotels, with a daily rate of HK$1 up to 21 days. This is incredible, and we hope that others will follow Ovolo’s lead.”