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In the months leading up to last year's Global Congress on Travel, Founder Stephen Barth was featured in a New York Times Travel article by Michael Luongo.
While business travelers may worry about strangers, Stephen Barth, the founder of hospitalitylawyer.com and a professor of hotel law at the University of Houston, said co-workers present risks, too. “People are normal until they check into a hotel room,” he said, adding, “The entire duty of care that companies have for their employees, such as harassment policies, still apply when traveling with another employee.”
Mr. Barth said it was once common practice to give out the hotel room numbers of guests when outsiders called. This method was used in 2009 by a stalker, Michael David Barrett, to locate the room where an ESPN sportscaster, Erin Andrews, was staying. He secretly videotaped her through a hotel door peephole.
While hotels generally no longer give out room numbers, Mr. Barth said the same information still could be found on room service door tags and gym sign-in sheets.