News for the Hospitality Executive
A 26-page Manual, "H1N1 Influenza Management in Hotels,"
Provided by the AH&LA
Washington, D.C., September 4, 2009 – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) released today “H1N1 Influenza Management in Hotels,” a guide for lodging businesses to use in managing H1N1 influenza virus situations at their properties.
The 26-page manual gives hoteliers guidance for employees and guests who are afflicted with the H1N1 flu and other influenza strains. It also covers basic sanitation practices to use when cleaning guestrooms and public areas.
The “H1N1 Influenza Management in Hotels” manual is divided into 10 areas:
The guide complements the work by public health authorities to inform Americans about H1N1 flu and what can be done by people to minimize the risks to themselves and others from this illness. The basic recommendations to stay home from work if ill, frequent and thorough hand washing, cough etiquette, and area cleanliness are emphasized throughout the guide.
“Being informed and knowledgeable about today’s flu is one of the best vaccines hoteliers can use to protect their guests and staff,” said AH&LA President and CEO Joseph A. McInerney. “This guide will help our industry develop plans to handle staff absenteeism, sick guests, room sanitation, and a number of other important areas they might encounter every day throughout this pandemic. Leadership in a crisis depends on information, and this guide will help fill in the blanks about what to do.”
AH&LA’s resources on this year’s flu situation also includes a Webinar
on H1N1 flu and industry practices. The September 29 Webinar will
provide the latest H1N1 news to hoteliers, as well as answer many of the
questions emerging from this public health situation.
Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, the American
Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association
representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including
individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty
members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA
provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations
and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added
services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business
climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local
representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members. For
more about AH&LA, visit www.ahla.com.
|Also See:||The World Health Organization Pandemic Alert is Currently at Phase 5 - with Level 6 Officially Representing a Pandemic; WHO Terminology and its Classification System Under Review to Avoid Unnecessary Alarm / May 2009|