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Hilton to Close Partner Hotel in Lebanon, Daily Star Reports

November 01, 2012

Hilton International has decided to close one of its partner hotels in Lebanon, leaving more than 150 people without jobs, the Daily Star said, citing unidentified industry officials.

The Beirut-based newspaper said it wasn’t clear what prompted the decision to shut down the Metropolitan Palace Hotel, which opened in 2001.

Pierre Achkar, president of Lebanon’s Syndicate of Hotel Owners, said on Oct. 23 that some hotels are downsizing and laying off staff because of the precarious security situation in Lebanon. The civil war in Syria is threatening to spill over into neighboring Lebanon, with frequent clashes between Lebanese supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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