I book a hotel where ever I can score a deal, be it through credit cards miles or a website discount. It’s all about economics for me as well as for most people.
But then again, I don’t feel the same way about the food I eat or the car I drive or the energy I consume. If I can find a happy medium, a balance, a compromise in those areas why can’t I rethink my approach to hotels?
I’ve stayed at some amazing Hyatt Hotels and quite frankly I love them! They are absolutely beautiful as indicated by the photos above. But, after hearing, reading and watching all the news about the mistreatment of their workers it’s time to book elsewhere.
In 2009, Hyatt banked over $900 million when they became a publicly traded company. And yet, it’s doubtful that any of these profits went to those who scrub the toilets, change the bed sheets and clean the showers. Rather it probably went to the things I boast about when I travel – the costly ‘look’ of the hotel. Yes, I’m guilty of judging a hotel by it’s bed cover – a perspective that changes today.
A few days ago, a global boycott of Hyatt was launched in Washington D.C. with support from the NFL Players Association, the United Farmworkers Union, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the National Organization of Women (NOW), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Netroots Nation and the Interfaith Worker Justice. Even the United Kingdom’s largest union, Unite, is currently rallying outside of the Hyatt Andaz in London hoping Olympians stay elsewhere.
Sleep with a sound conscience the next time you travel.