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Hotels told to probe room cleaning


Dirty scandal: Residents passing by The Peninsula Hotel in Beijing, which was found to be cleaner than standards required by city inspectors. — AP

Dirty scandal: Residents passing by The Peninsula Hotel in Beijing, which was found to be cleaner than standards required by city inspectors. — AP

BEIJING: The Chinese tourism ministry has asked authorities in Beijing, Shanghai and three provinces to investigate room cleaning at 14 major hotels after hidden camera video showed workers using used towels to clean cups and glasses and other questionable practices.

Several of the hotels including a Shangri-La, Sheraton and Waldorf Astoria have apologised since an activist blogger posted the video online earlier this week.

In several clips, workers in bathrooms wipe down sinks, coffee cups and glasses with the same used towel.

The Peninsula Hotel in Beijing said yesterday that city inspectors had tested its cups and found they were cleaner than standards required.

The Park Hyatt in Beijing called what happened an isolated occurrence. — AP

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