Travel industry aids victims of Japan earthquake, tsunami

As the magnitude of the Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami continues to unfold, the travel industry is reacting by setting up fundraising initiatives for disaster relief and recovery for the victims in the area.

Below is the latest update of the services and aid being provided by travel companies worldwide. To add a listing of what your company is doing, send an email to [email protected].  
 

• The Waikiki Edition will donate 10% of guestroom revenue from meetings booked for dates before Dec. 31 with its Meet with Purpose offer to the American Red Cross Japan Disaster and Pacific Tsunami Relief funds. For information, email [email protected].  

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has donated $100,000 to the IFRC and the Carlson Family Foundation, on behalf of Carlson, will match donations made by guests, customers and employees up to $100,000 to the American Red Cross

El Al has delivered 79 tons of medical supplies to Narita, Japan, to assist victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

• The Grand Circle Foundation is accepting donations via its website to support Ashinaga, a nonprofit organization in Japan that helps orphans. Grand Circle has pledged $25,000 on top of all donations that come in via the site by March 28. 

Gogo Inflight Internet has partnered with Delta to provide complimentary Internet access to the American Red Cross website on Delta flights equipped with Web access. In addition, Gog will match contributions up to $15,000 that are made during a flight.

Smart Destinations, maker of Go City Cards and Explorer Passes in 14 U.S. cities, has partnered with Give2Asia to raise money for the ongoing relief and recovery effort. For every Go City Card purchased on the Smart Destinations website through April 15, the company will donate one dollar to Give2Asia's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund.

• The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, Calif., has pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $18,000 raised by Real Medicine, a non-profit formed after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. To donate, click here

Rue La La will host an auction of special-edition Japan Relief T-shirts created by Tory Burch through March 26 at www.ruelala.com/tory. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

• Portland, Ore.-based Azumano Travel helped form the Oregon Japan Relief Fund, with 100% of proceeds from all fundraising efforts being donated to relief efforts in Japan. The organization is hosting two “From Oregon With Love” benefit concerts on March 27 at the Aladdin Theater in Portland. Tickets for the concerts can be purchased at www.aladdin-theater.com.  

• The Japan Society, which partners with other non-profit organizations to provide disaster relief around the world, created the Japan Earthquake Fund with 100% of all contributions funneled to relief organizations on the scene in Japan. Visit www.japansociety.org/japan_earthquake_relief_fund. Checks also can be mailed to Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St., New York 10017, Attn: Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is inviting members of its Famous Agents education and recognition program to donate points they've earned in the program to the relief efforts. Each donation of 10 points will be converted to a $10 donation toward Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief via the Red Cross. Through April 15, the Famous Agents program will match each donation by contributing an additional $10. To donate their points, members login to their Famous Agents accounts, click "My account" on the toolbar, and select "Redeem my points" from the drop-down menu. On the redemption page, they click "Donate my points."

• The Collette Foundation has pledged to support the efforts of Save the Children by matching all donations made by employees, partners and friends up to $10,000. The Collette Foundation is accepting checks (please write "Japan" in the memo line) payable to the Collette Foundation and mailed to Collette Vacations, 180 Middle St., Pawtucket, RI 02860. Or visit www.collettefoundation.org and click on the donate button on the righthand side of the screen.

• Members of Best Western Rewards, the company's global frequent-stay program, can contribute Rewards points to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts under way in Japan. Go to www.bestwestern.com/japanrelief to make a donation of 4,000 points ( equal to $15) or more to World Vision, Best Western's official charity partner.

• The Japan Ecolodge Association set up the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund and is accepting donations both online and via wire transfer. The association is planning trips in March and April to deliver emergency supplies and to help in the recovery efforts. For information on how to donate, click here

• The Walt Disney Co. will donate $2.5 million to the American Red Cross and also will match up to $1 million in employee donations made to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children.

• Hawaii business leaders, members of the Japanese American community and government officials created the Aloha for Japan foundation. Donation checks can also be mailed to: Aloha for Japan, 2454 S. Beretania St., Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96826. In addition, a group of local designers formed a joint venture, GRP HOME Company, and has designed an "Aloha" T-shirt, incorporating the rising sun, emblematic of the Japanese flag. All proceeds will go toward relief efforts in Japan. For more, visit www.alohaforjapan.com.  

American Airlines AAdvantage members can receive a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for a minimum donation of $50, or 500 AAdvantage bonus miles for a donation of $100 or more, to the American Red Cross Japan and Pacific Tsunami Fund. Click here for more information.

United Continental Holdings, parent of United and Continental, is offering a similar option to its Mileage Plus and OnePass members. United Continental is pledging up to 8 million miles for contributions made before April 30 here. Mileage Plus and OnePass members can also donate a minimum of 1,000 miles to a charity through their respective airline's program. To donate miles, visit United.com and Continental.com.

Delta Air Lines has pledged $1 million in cash and in-kind support to disaster relief efforts through the American Red Cross and Japanese Red Cross Society via an immediate $250,000 cash donation from the Delta Air Lines Foundation and up to 5 million miles donated through SkyWish Asia. In addition, Delta will supplement any employee and customer contributions with additional cash, if needed, to fulfill its $1 million pledge. For details, click here.

Boeing will contribute $2 million via its Boeing Company Charitable Trust and employee contributions to assist with recovery efforts in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Korean Air is donating at least 5,000 boxes (60,000 1.5-liter bottles) of water and 2,000 blankets on its regularly scheduled flights to Tokyo Narita. In addition, the airline has reduced fares by 50% for passengers purchasing one-way tickets from Japan.

Aeromexico partnered with the Aeromexico Foundation to provide free transportation for supplies on flights to Tokyo Narita.

InsureMyTrip.com is providing a 20% discounted rate on the HCCMIS Atlas International Plan to all travelers going to Japan for relief efforts or family reasons.

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