MUMBAI, INDIA-A global trend by terrorists to strike the hotels is evident, according to some experts, and while most investors don’t plan to alter massive development plans overseas following high-profile attacks on hotels such as the Marriott in Islamabad, Pakistan and here recently, there will likely be some changes to designs and staff counts. While front desks are loathe to implement intrusive security checks, the industry may be forced to consider these measures, and more.

More visible security measures is just one of the ways to ensure guest safety, says Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research. “International hotels frequented by Westerners in conflict zones, or countries adjacent to conflict zones, are becoming second embassies,” he tells Failure to understand the threat and creatively harden international hotels could lead to loss of life, property and business, he says.

Take for example the Marriott Islamabad, which was destroyed when a truck bomb exploded and killed more than 50 people on Sept. 20. In a report about the attack, Gunaratna said this hotel was the world’s most protected, having withstood at least two other terrorist attacks since 2004. However, even with more than 60 security officers protecting the 290-room hotel, the attack was still mostly successful.

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