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Counter-terrorism investment necessary for hotels: Singapore official
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16:40, August 19, 2009

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Hotel operators ought to view counter-terrorism measures as a necessary investment, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs Ho Peng Kee said on Wednesday.

He urged hotels to take it in the same stride as investing in crime and fire prevention in their premises, local radio 938Live reported.

Travelers will seek out destinations and hotels with a good security record, as people become more security conscious, he said.

Citing the sobering Mumbai incident, he said the hotel staff saved many lives by leading the hotel guests to safety as the staff remained calm in the face of danger.

These attacks highlight the difficulties and challenges in protecting soft targets such as hotels.

Earlier this month, Singapore set up a new standard system to further enhance hotel security level.

Under the SS 545 Singapore Standard for Hotel Security, security personnel must undergo structured training as part of the workforce skills qualification requirements. The training will ensure high competency levels, even before the security personnel are deployed for duty.

Source: Xinhua

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