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PM praises hotel stalwart for healthcare ‘thanks’

1 May 2020  By Shannon Williams | | @tourismticker

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has highlighted the work of hotel stalwart Rahul Rai and his wife Alika in thanking the country’s healthcare workers.

The Rai’s site has been set up to thank those dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

Rahul and Alika Rai

The website provided discounts for healthcare workers from businesses across the country, many of which were tourism operators and accommodation providers.

At Thursday’s Covid-19 update, Ardern praised the Rais for setting up the site.

“Rahul worked in the New Zealand tourism industry for 25 years and was recently in hospital and says, ‘now is the time to show our appreciation for everything these incredible people do, not just in a time of crisis but every single day’. I couldn’t agree more,” Ardern said.

“It is a way to thank the healthcare workforce through significant discounts while also helping some of those businesses prepare for the future when they’ll be able to reopen and operate.”

Rahul Rai was general manger at Chateau on the Park Hotel for 17 years until he stepped down in 2016. He also held management roles at the Plaza International Hotel in Wellington, and Pan Pacific Hotel in Auckland. He was chief executive of the Abacus Hospitality Fund for 10 years until 2016.

“We are just doing our little bit,” Rai said.

“Our healthcare workers are doing such a fabulous job once again in these challenging times. We are sure a lot of New Zealand businesses will support this great cause.”

The offers on the website were valid for a minimum of three months from the end of level 4 lockdown, and were applicable to all healthcare workers including nurses, doctors, orderlies, rest home carers, back office and cleaning staff.

The range of accommodation providers offering discounts included Sudima, CPG, Beachcomber, The Rees, Sky City, Lakeview in Tekapo. Activities operators involved included EcoZip, Black Cat Cruises and Sky Dive Auckland.


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