ATLANTA—In response to concern regarding the coronavirus health crisis, the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference has confirmed that it will hold the conference as planned this March 18-20 in Atlanta.
The virus situation has been changing daily, and the conference is assuring that its decision to continue was made after monitoring national, state and local health guidance and any potential risk the novel coronavirus may pose to the public. The full conference program, including events, sessions and exhibits, will proceed as planned, and its sponsors and speakers look forward to seeing attendees, the conference reports.
The conference has taken additional precautionary measures, including providing additional hand sanitizer stations, hand wipes and personal care products, as well as food safety and service additions in conjunction with the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
If public health authorities change their guidance, the conference will communicate accordingly. In the meantime, the conference team advises all guests and colleagues to practice respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene practices, and to consider not attending the event if personal symptoms develop or if attendees or their family members have recently traveled through Italy, South Korea, China, Hong Kong or Iran.
The conference also shared a statement provided by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA):
“We remain deeply committed to the health and safety of the millions of guests and employees that frequent our hotels every day. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and actively engaging with government agencies, health experts, hoteliers and our counterparts in the broader travel community as the situation evolves.
We appreciate the leadership and guidance from the administration and the CDC, who reaffirmed that the risk to the American people remains very low. Recognizing this fact, we support and encourage normal travel activities. In addition to continuing to provide the most updated information and resources to our members, the American Hotel & Lodging Association is working closely with the hotel community to enhance the procedures and protocols already in place based on the latest guidance from health experts.”