Hilton has reached an agreement with the U.S. federal government to make changes in about 900 hotels to further accommodate guests and visitors with disabilities, the Justice Department announced this week, as reported by CNN's Terry Frieden.
The agreement covers hotels built since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1993 and includes making changes to Hilton-owned hotels under a variety of trade names.
Frieden reports that government lawyers had alleged Hilton failed to provide an adequate number of accessible rooms, failed to disperse accessible rooms among the various categories of available accommodations and failed to provide individuals with disabilities the ability to reserve accessible rooms through its reservation system.
The Justice Department noted that Hilton had cooperated throughout the investigation, and a statement released by the corporation promised steps toward enhanced accessibility.
"Hilton Worldwide is pleased to take further steps to provide our guests with disabilities the accessibility in accommodations they expect from an industry leader," said Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide.