Virtual Hotel for Christchurh - a rebuild without the 'rebuild'!
With Christchurch's city's hotel inventory dropping from about 3700 before last years February earthquake to 850 now - Christchurch is looking to a 'Virtual Hotel' to accomodate tourists, visiting workers and locals displaced during home repairs.
Look After Me is a 'Virtual Hotel', with their website acting as a reception area. There are rooms all over New Zealand accomodating women travelling alone, for whatever reason, business travellers, holiday makers as well as cyclists and walkers.
Look After Me vets all hosts and ensures rooms and facilities are priced fairly. Founder Julia Charity, formerly of Christchurch, said that uptake in Christchurch has been modest, with only 25 Christchurch rooms on the website but occupancy of these rooms has been good. She would like to see at least 1000 rooms to bring Christchurch back up to full capacity.
Renting spare rooms can provide a supplimentary income for people who had lost work. It is also helpful to those who want to share their real-life experiences of living through the Earthquakes.
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