Hoteliers face the growing threat of rooms being used as methamphetamine labs. Statistics from the El Paso Intelligence Center show 1,334 reported meth lab incidents in rooms from 2008 to February 2013. AH&LA President and CEO Joe McInerney says meth producers generally pick "older-style properties with direct access to the parking lot." A number of hoteliers recommend training staff to spot common warning signals, such as requests for rooms close to side entrances, unpleasant odors and excessive amounts of garbage in rooms. Developing strong relationships with the local police and fire departments is also helpful.

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