Hotel Industry Announces Added Safety Measures For Employees

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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the major hotel brands in membership has announced the 5-Star Promise, a pledge to provide hotel employees across the U.S. with employee safety devices (ESDs) and commit to enhanced policies, trainings and resources that together are aimed at enhancing hotel safety, including preventing and responding to sexual harassment and assault.

Participating brands or properties will determine the best security devices based on the property’s layout and features, with a range of options including devices with loud noise-emitting features or emergency GPS tracking at the push of a handheld button.

AHLA has convened a sourcing task force to assist companies in identifying the appropriate technology for their respective properties.

As part of this effort, AHLA and hotel security experts convened a Safety Summit in July, bringing together lodging executives, lawmakers, and security experts to discuss ways to keep employees and guests secure and then shared learnings with members.

The AHLA is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers.