High-profile meetings and conferences, including one by a prominent LGBT group, scheduled to be held at the hotel have now been cancelled. The other day, crowds gathered outside the Beverly Hills Hotel to protest the new laws, with two members of a hospitality labor union holding a pink sign that read, “This hotel is owned by homophobes." Ouch. Last week, the hotel put out this statement to remind people that the laws of Brunei do not apply to their guests or employees:
Dorchester Collection’s Code, endorsed by the company’s ownership, emphasizes equality, respect and integrity in all areas of our operation, and strongly values people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees.”
No matter. Sharon Osbourne has also publicly joined the boycott and we're sure there will be more celebrities to come.
It's hard to see the hotels we love so much be associated with something so evil but we're hopeful the Dorchester Collection can distance themselves from the Sultan of Brunei or perhaps the sultan himself will change his mind before next year. Probably wishful thinking but if the boycotts begin to affect the hotels' bottom line, then we're sure a resolution will come quick.
In the meantime, here's a list of all the Dorchester Collection hotels for your own reference:
The Hotel Bel-Air
The Beverly Hills Hotel
45 Park Lane
Hotel Plaza Athenee (Paris)
Hotel Principe de Savoia