The dire consequences of the COVID 19 global pandemic on the hotel and hospitality industry are no secret. But behind all the news about hotels suffering, and some even closing, are the stories of the people who work for ID Travel Group’s partners in the Caribbean who have had to bear the brunt of the business downturn. The ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living was founded in 2016 with the goal of helping to improve the quality of life for people who live in places where ID Travel Group does business. During this difficult time, the Foundation sought to provide assistance to exceptional individuals in the travel industry who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To that end, the Foundation reached out to a number of key partners to identify notable staff with personal situations that especially needed help.
At Puntacana Resort and Club, Daniel Ramirez Rubio and Josue David Eusebio Trinidad were both recognized for their commitment, professionalism, and long tenures at the resort. Daniel, a houseman at Tortuga Bay Hotel, has been with Puntacana Resort and Club for 27 years; Josue has logged 18 years on the kitchen team at Tortuga Bay Hotel. Each was provided a donation to help them with COVID-related expenses.
The donation recipients at Zemi Beach House in Anguilla are Abigail St. Claire, a passionate Guest Services Supervisor who is always smiling and going above the call of duty to satisfy the needs of her guests, and Stefani Morales Pineda, a Beach Attendant with a pleasant and positive disposition who understands what it means to serve her guests at the highest level.
Casa de Campo sadly lost one of their exceptional workers, Brillitte Rodriquez, who passed away at the age of 32. The Foundation’s $500 donation was given to Brillitte’s mother on behalf of Brillite’s 2-year-old daughter Brianny.
Courtney Bodden is the Laundry Supervisor at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa who had the very unfortunate experience of recently losing her home in a fire. Courtney and her three children and grandmother lost everything but the clothes on their backs, but they are grateful they are safe. The Foundation’s $500 donation is a small way to help them in their time of need.
Finally, NIZUC Resort & Spa generously created their own fund to help with aid for all of their employees during this challenging time. ID Travel Group Foundation’s $500 was able to enhance that company-wide distribution.
With these gifts to our longstanding partners, the Foundation hopes it has provided some relief to those who care as deeply about the travel business as the people at ID Travel Group.