• The family behind New Orleans' Commander's Palace restaurant began the New Orleans
Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund (www.ghcf.org) to benefit restaurant and hotel workers who lost their jobs.
• Continental pledged tickets to any registered evacuee and pet; as of Sept. 14, the
airline had donated 1,700 trips. Aeromexico gave all Mexicans in the Gulf Region free trips
to Mexico City. United and American awarded 500 frequent-flier miles to each customer who
donated $50 to the Red Cross.
• Some Houston hotels, such as the Hyatt Regency, offered special rates and bent the
rules (even allowing pets) to accommodate guests from the hurricane-ravaged regions in the
weeks following the storm.
• Many Houston attractions—such as the Zoo, the Museum of Natural Science, and
the Museum of Fine Arts—gave free admission to Gulf Coast residents for several weeks.
• When all large conventions scheduled in New Orleans were canceled through March 2006,
other U.S. cities, including Chicago, Dallas, and Las Vegas, offered their facilities
to meeting planners.
• The Travel Industry Association of America is providing free use of a job bank (www.katrinajobs.org) to help
hotel, restaurant, and casino workers displaced by the hurricane find new jobs in other parts
of the country.
• The American Gaming Association (www.americangaming.org) set up a fund for casino employees from Mississippi and Louisiana. Harrah's, which had three
casinos in the affected region, and MGM Mirage, which will rebuild the Beau Rivage in Biloxi,
continued to pay salaries and health care benefits to all employees.