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After a series of terrorist attacks struck Paris on November 13, several hotels and hotel brands have released statements that concern hotel operations in the Paris area.
Marriott International (which announced today it will acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) has released the following statement about its Paris hotels, including Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in Paris and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their loved ones and all those impacted. At this time, all of our guests and employees have been accounted for and there has been no direct impact to our hotels. The safety and security of our guests and employees is always a top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation."
The statement continued, offering cancelation options.
“Given the ongoing situation, we are sensitive to the potential impact on our guests. As such, we are waiving cancellation fees for guests holding existing reservations at all 15 Marriott properties in Paris through November 28, 2015. Additionally, we are working with our group and special event customers on a case by case basis. For reservation information please contact Marriott International global reservations at (800) 228-9290. Those in countries outside of the United States should contact the Marriott International toll-free number in their country.”
“Following the tragic incidents in Paris on November 12, we can confirm that all our guests and colleagues are safe and accounted for. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims of these tragic events. As ever, the safety and security of our guests and colleagues is our primary concern.”
And Starwood Hotels and Resorts gave USA Today the following statement.
"We are shocked and saddened by the attacks in Paris and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted. "Our hotels in Paris are all reported safe and we have stringent security measures in place. All Starwood Hotels in Paris are waiving cancellation fees for arrivals up to and including Friday, Nov. 20."
Paris is currently observing an official mourning period, and not all tourism sites are open. The below table lists today’s full openings and closures.
|Arc de triomphe||Open|
|Catacombes de Paris||Closed|
|Centre Pompidou||Open at 12:30 pm|
|Château de Fontainebleau||Open from 1 pm|
|Château de Versailles||Closed|
|Château de Vincennes||Closed|
|Cité des sciences et de l'industrie||Closed|
|Conciergerie||Open from 1 pm|
|Crypte de Notre-Dame de Paris||Closed|
|Fondation Louis Vuitton||Open from 12 noon|
|Grand Palais||Open from 1 pm|
|Institut du monde arabe||Closed|
|Invalides||Open from 1 pm|
|Maison de Balzac||Closed|
|Maison de Victor Hugo||Closed|
|Musée d'art moderne||Closed|
|Musée de l'architecture||Open from 1 pm|
|Musée des beaux-arts||Closed|
|Musée Delacroix||Open from 1 pm|
|Musée Guimet||Open from 1 pm|
|Musée Gustave Moreau||Open|
|Musée Jean Moulin||Closed|
|Musée du judaïsme||Open|
|Musée du Louvre||Open from 1 pm|
|Musée du Luxembourg||Open from 1 pm|
|Musée de la marine||Open from 1pm|
|Musée du Moyen-Age (Cluny)||Open|
|Muséum d'histoire naturelle||Closed|
|Musée du quai Branly||Closed|
|Musée de la vie romantique||Closed|
|Orangerie||Open from 1pm|
|Panthéon||Open from 1pm|
|Sainte-Chappelle||Open from 2:30 pm|
|Tours Notre-Dame||Open from 1 pm|
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