Hotels Feel Impact Of Boston Marathon Explosion
Monday April 15th, 2013 - 5:19PM W
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BOSTON—A day after the explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, many hotels are returning to normal schedules, while others remain closed.
In a press conference yesterday, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis urged, “We’re recommending to people that they stay home, that if they’re in hotels in the area that they return to their rooms, and that they don’t go any place and congregate in large crowds.” Added Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, “We are asking that people stay out of crowds and calmly make their way home or, if they’re visiting, back to their hotels. All of the hotels security will be prioiritized at the outset.”
Several hotels, including the Lenox Hotel, Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel and the Fairmont Copley Plaza, took precautions following the event. The Fairmont tweeted the following message: "Explosions reported on Boylston Street. Only hotel guests and colleagues allowed into the building at this time."
The Loews Boston Bay Back Hotel posted this message to its Facebook page in the immediate aftermath: “The hotel has taken the appropriate security measures to keep our guests safe as a precaution in response to today's incident. If you need to reach a guest please contact the hotel directly. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.”
The Lenox Hotel was evacuated, but according to its Facebook page, was scheduled to open back up to guests at 9 a.m. this morning “for hotel guests to return to their rooms and pack up their belongings.” Staff will be on hand to assist.
In addition, the Mandarin Oriental will remain closed according to its Facebook page, but “all guests and employees who were located at the hotel are safe and accounted for. The management team is working closely with the local authorities on when the hotel can re-open.”
Tags: • Hospitality •
When you hear all the lodging industry projections for the months and years to come, much of the robust growth is forecast to be the result of the expected influx of travelers from China. In what could only be seen as good news for the industry, that expectation moved a little closer to reality when President Obama signed a visa waiver extension for Chinese travelers earlier this month.