Dusit strengthens security measures amid Sri Lanka, Nairobi terror attacks

Dusit strengthens security measures amid Sri Lanka, Nairobi terror attacks
Dusit's dusitD2 Kenz Hotel, Dubai will be one of the hotels ramping up security
Published: 30 April 2019 - 7 a.m.
By: Ashley Williams

Dusit International has confirmed increases in security measures at all of its hotels across the world, including in the Middle East, following a series of terror attacks.

Speaking at the Arabian Hotel Market show in Dubai’s World Trade Centre, Dusit International’s chief operating officer Lim Boon Kwee told Hotelier Middle East that they are continually making improvement specifications to its security systems.

The move follows a terror attack in Sri Lanka earlier this month that impacted three five star hotels – Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotels – in Colombo.

The increase in security measures has also been prompted following one of its complexes, DusitD2, being bombed in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2019, which reportedly killed 15 people.

The company operates five hotels across the Middle East, including three in the GCC, and plans to have nine hotels in operation in the GCC by the end of the year.

“The events in Sri Lanka and Nairobi were tragic and if you try to prevent, it is very hard, but we need to create deterrents and we need to have intelligence and act on intelligence in the hotel,” Kwee told Hotelier Middle East.

“We have measures to scan all the cars coming into the hotel and then before anyone can come into the building, they are also being scanned too through metal detectors. We also have cameras everywhere that can sometimes pick up audio and have the ability to zoom in.”

Kwee also revealed to Hotelier Middle East that they are implementing measures behind the scenes, but he would not confirm the details.

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