Hilton and Hyatt Working on COVID-19 Tools for Meetings
Hilton to offer COVID-19 testing and health resources for meetings while Hyatt “exploring” use of VeriFLY mobile health passport with event planners >>
by: Harvey Chipkin
Hilton is now offering COVID-19 testing and health screening resources for event attendees. Beginning this month, Hilton’s event planner partners who book or have booked an event at any US property will gain access to the EventReady Playbook, which will include the list of third-party providers that can provide a variety of COVID-19 testing and health screening options, including handheld temperature check devices; personal health screening checklists; COVID-19 self-testing options; and COVID-19 same-day, onsite testing. The COVID-19 testing and health screening options are presented to event planners as the latest evolution of EventReady with CleanStay, Hilton’s global cleanliness and client service program specific to meetings and events. Frank Passanante, senior vice president, Hilton Worldwide Sales, Americas, said the initiative had been made in response to demand and “enables third-party providers to deliver a seamless experience and offer preferential pricing to our event planners.” Also, Hyatt announced it will “explore” VeriFLY + Stay, a mobile health passport for the hospitality industry using the VeriFLY app that provides verification of COVID-19 credentials and travel guidelines. As part of these exploration efforts, Hyatt will work closely with meeting planners to identify criteria for meeting attendees, which could include presenting a recent negative COVID-19 test. The criteria can then be communicated to attendees in the VeriFLY mobile app prior to arrival so they can fulfill their requirements and complete all necessary forms. Meeting attendees who satisfy a meeting’s requirements will be able to use the app to display a green checkmark for entry into the meeting or event.