17 January, 2024 Security
There are six takeaways. First, while the asylum-seekers plight is miserable and in need of compassion, if guests stay past their designated checkout time, no matter what the situation, the guests are trespassing, which violates criminal law and impedes tight housekeeping schedules and a hotel’s overall capacity to conduct business.
Second, according to Muir Analytics’ extensive statistics on hotel trespassing incidents, violence can result in such situations, complicating the violators’ plights with criminal proceedings, as demonstrated by the THN and AMAC incidents.
Third, such “soft” and “hard”/violent hotel takeovers can trigger insurance and lawsuit exposures. And even non-takeover scenarios where the homeless or refugees are housed in hotels can do the same. How so? Coverage language in hotel insurance contracts covers hotels as they normally conduct business for tourists and business travelers. There can be exceptions for extended stay hotels, but this is the norm. When hotels become homeless or migrant shelters, the clientele changes, which means the nature of the hotel business changes. According to underwriters, this phenomenon can negate coverages regarding damages, for example, as demonstrated by the 2021 case between MAve Hotel Investors and HDI Global Specialty SE, a Lloyd’s of London underwriter, says Insurance Business.
Fourth, cases like the Tukwila Homewood Suites and others mentioned here will continue if:
Ceasing such policies and providing funding and non-hotel housing for asylum-seekers/refugees/homeless would ease pressure on hotels that are essentially “ambushed by trespass” by parties uninterested in the business aspect of hotel operations.
Fifth, political activists are playing an increasingly significant role in hotel protests, some of them “passively illegal,” as in the trespassing case in Tukwila. Other cases, such as those previously mentioned, are violent.
Sixth, threat/risk intelligence on such events helps hotels and law enforcement design proper crisis response plans. Muir Analytics, via its SecureHotel Threat Portal, provides that intelligence.
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“Asylum-seekers in cold-weather shelter hotels may not leave in protest,” Seattle Times, 17 January 2024.
“Homeless refugees refuse to return to Tukwila church tents,” South Seattle Emerald, 16 January 2024.
“Hotel sues Lloyd’s underwriters, HDI Global Specialty over denied insurance claim,” Insurance Business, 28 October 2021.
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