Sheraton to go smoke-free

11 Feb 2008 by Mark Caswell

Starwood’s Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton brands are to go smoke-free across the US, Caribbean and Canada.

The hotel group says it aims to convert all 300-odd Sheraton properties across the region to 100 per cent smoke-free status by the end of 2008, with smoking rooms undergoing the cleaning and treatment of surfaces, walls and carpets, and air filters being replaced.

The policy will apply to all guest rooms and public areas, with the exception of designated outdoor smoking spaces and areas within the hotels not owned or operated by Sheraton.

Starwood already lays claim to being the first hotel chain to go smoke-free, with its Westin brand banning smoking at all its properties in the US, Caribbean and Canada in January 2006. This policy was later extended to Westin hotels in Australia, Fiji and Scotland due to “overwhelming feedback from guests”.

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