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Article from BTNews 2 NOVEMBER 2020

Arora airport hotels offer Covid-19 testing

Travellers staying overnight at the Sofitel London Heathrow, which is directly connected to Terminal 5, can now book a self-administered saliva-based PCR Covid-19 test kit.

Called Arora’s ‘Test and Rest’ programme, the package is produced by 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 package prices at Sofitel London Heathrow start from £179 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 devastated 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.”



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