Hilton to Close Most Hotels in Major Cities

By Paul Riegler on 18 March 2020
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Front desk at the New York Hilton-Midtown

At a meeting of hotel chain CEOs at the White House on Tuesday, Hilton Worldwide CEO Chris Nassetta announced that the company plans to temporarily suspend operations at most of its hotels that are located in major U.S. cities as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Nassetta said he expects global occupancy rates to fall to as low as 10% for the time being.

““In Hilton’s 100-year history, we have never seen anything like the current situation,” he said.

The list of hotels to be temporarily closed includes the New York Hilton Midtown on Sixth Avenue, which, with 1,878 rooms, is the city’s largest hotel.  It will close on March 20 and is in the process of notifying guests, according to Laura Ford, a spokesman for Hilton.

“We are committed to fully restoring operations at our hotel and look forward to welcoming guests back as soon as possible,” Ford said in a statement to FBT.

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