The Arora Group, one of the UK’s leading hotel owner-operators, today announced that in partnership with HALO it will be introducing ‘Test & Rest’ accommodation packages at its Airport Hotels which will include a COVID-19 test.
The package will initially be introduced at the Arora Group’s luxury hotel directly connected to Heathrow Terminal 5 – Sofitel London Heathrow. Guests will be able to book a package comprising of an overnight stay together with a self-administered saliva-based PCR COVID-19 test kit provided by HALO. Arora Group’s other Heathrow hotels will also be rolling out the package shortly.
The COVID-19 screening system behind Arora’s ‘Test and Rest’ programme is HALO™, a UK-based biotech firm based at the Imperial College i-Hub in White City, London. Guests at the hotel simply download the Halo app, scan their test kit, spit in a tube and put it back in the Halo pack. The sample is then whisked off to HALO’s state of the art facility where it is tested using some of the most accurate PCR protocols in the world. As soon as the results are through, they pop up on the guest’s app along with a certificate and, providing the test is negative, they’re ready to travel on as soon as they wake. Test and Rest packages prices at Sofitel London Heathrow will start from £179.00 inclusive of VAT and includes accommodation and testing.
Surinder Arora, Founder and CEO of Arora Group, commented: “Our beloved hospitality, airline and the wider tourism industry has been devasted by the pandemic and we felt the need to do something to give both business and leisure travellers the confidence to travel. The ability to stay in a hotel the night before a flight and get a recognised PCR saliva based COVID-19 test and subsequent result before the flight the following day – just made sense”.
Dr Nigel Kellow, Chief Medical Officer at HALO said, “We’re really excited to be able to work with Arora Group on this pioneering initiative to help get the world moving again. We believe that in HALO we have created a system that offers hotel guests and many others a safe, secure and simple way to travel and enjoy life again in confidence. We hope more organisations in the travel industry will follow Surinder Arora’s example.”