Westin Hotel Chain Shakes Down Guests
John A. Quayle
blueoval at SGI.NET
Fri Dec 3 06:44:01 MST 1999
From: Steven Ertelt <ertelt at prolifeinfo.org>
To: The Pro-Life Infonet <infonet-request at prolifeinfo.org>
Subject: [infonet-list] Westin Hotel Chain Charging Guests for Donation to
Pro-Abortion UN Group
Westin Hotel Chain Charging Guests for Donation to Pro-Abortion UN Group
Seattle, Washington -- Customers of a Seattle, Washington-based hotel chain
are being charged for a so-called donation to the United Nations Children's
Fund (UNICEF) when they check out of the upscale lodging facility.
Westin Hotels and Resorts purports to "invite guests to make a donation"
to UNICEF, first established by the United Nations in 1946 to help
suffering children in war-torn Europe.
But the invitation comes in the form of a $1 line-item charge on the
invoice, noticed only when guests wake-up to find the surcharge on the
express check-out bill on the last morning of their stay.
A recent guest of a Westin hotel in the Washington, D.C. area noticed the
"Unicef Donation" located on the express checkout invoice, a copy of which
was obtained by the Conservative News Service. The "donation" was listed
between charges for garage use and a local telephone call. Prior to signing
off on the invoice, the guest, who asked not to be identified, requested
the unauthorized charge be removed and the attendant agreed to do so.
Westin expects to raise more than $2 million in the first year of its
"Check Out for Children" program, according to a statement released by the
company earlier this year.
Juergen Bartels is chief executive officer of Westin's parent corporation,
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. In March Bartels suggested that
the company is asking its guests for the "donation."
UNICEF has frequently worked in cooperation with International Planned
Parenthood and the UNFPA to support population control, including abortion.
In July of 1998, UNICEF worked with pro-abortion agencies to form a
Coordinating Committee on Health (CCH). The CCH suggested that one of the
biggest worldwide "health" concerns was ensuring access to safe abortions
(CCH Report, Par. 49). The organization has also supported abortifacient
forms of birth control and the dangerous RU 486 abortion pill.
You can send your comments to: Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, 777
Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY 01602. If you have been a guest at a
Westin Hotel recently, you can call with your comments to: 1-800-328-6242
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