Hoteliers: Bombings won't hurt Western brands in Asia

Despite last week's terrorist attacks at two Western luxury hotel brands in Jakarta, hotel owners say security is strong at American-branded hotels in Asia and the attacks likely will not affect growth. Bombings at U.S.-branded hotels have taken place in the past and didn't stall growth of established brands, hoteliers say. And Simon Cooper, president and chief operating officer of Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., said he didn't think there was a concern about a stigma for Western brands.

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