Plan aims to protect guests from human trafficking, bed bugs and biohazards in Boston hotels

Plan aims to protect guests from human trafficking, bed bugs and biohazards in Boston hotels

BOSTON, MA—Today Boston City Council endorsed a plan to tackle the most common threats to hotel guest safety.

Boston Safe Hotels is a voluntary code of compliance. Participating hotels will offer tools, training, and staff time to protect hotel guests from pests and pathogens. It will also equip hotel workers to identify and respond to human trafficking in Boston hotels.

The plan is timely as a hotel in New York is being cited as a possible hotspot for Legionnaire’s disease. 12 people died and 113 have been infected.

“Boston hotels have an opportunity to show national leadership on hotel safety,” said Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. “We want people who travel to Boston and stay in our hotels to know we’ve gone the extra mile to keep them safe.”

The plan is available at www.bostonsafehotels.org.

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For Immediate Release: August 12, 2015

Contact: Tiffany Ten Eyck, 313-515-1807, tteneyck@local26.org