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Hotels in New York City will provide housekeepers with personal panic buttons. This decision comes after a hotel maid’s charge, last May, that she was sexually assaulted by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Now housekeepers at all of the top hotels in the city will be equipped with the devices.

The new panic buttons, a 29-percent salary increase and health insurance for workers, are all part of a contract proposal presented on Tuesday to the city’s hotel union. The Hotel Association of New York approved the devices last week, which requires employers to give panic buttons to any hotel worker entering an occupied guest room.

In a recent Reuters interview, association spokeswoman Lisa Linden said, “They can quickly and easily activate these devices to effectively summon prompt assistance to their locations.”

So while we’re talking New York City hotels, check out a few of these Oyster.com hotel recommendations in the Big Apple.

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Nestled along the Tidal Basin with a majestic view of the Jefferson Memorial, the MLK Memorial spans 4 acres in the quiet southwest corner of the National Mall. The remote site is suitable to a memorial of its style and size, but it’s also lacking in obvious places to eat when your out-of-town-guest’s (or your own) stomach starts growling. So before you visit, know your options.

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LivingSocial Escapes Offers Hotel Deals

LivingSocial has expanded its portfolio to offer hotel deals. A few months ago, the daily-deal maker launched LivingSocial Escapes, a travel division that offers 1- or 2-night travel experiences. The company provide its members with deals on a few hotels within driving distance and a few choices that would require a quick airplane trip. The airline tickets are not included in the deal.

So here’s how it all works. LivingSocial sends its members a weekly email that touts several hotel deals. The deals are available for purchase for 7 days. The time frame for use varies, but it generally expires after 1 year. “Once you make your purchase, you have to set up your trip, which gives the hotel a chance to sell you an extra night or 2,” said LivingSocial exec Doug Miller in a recent USAToday.com interview. But wait there’s more, members can get a free escape if he or she shares a deal with friends and 3 of them buy it.

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Sheraton Hotels Get A Makeover and Expand to China
Photo: This is the outdoor lounge at the Sheraton Tribeca in the Big Apple, where club
members can enjoy amenities while looking at the city skyline. (Sheraton Hotels)

Sheraton has renovated 103 of its hotels in North America. Starwood, Sheraton’s parent company, kicked off a $6 billion global revamp of the chain in 2007, and now it’s looking to expand in China.

An article on USAToday.com, claims the chain’s makeover has made Sheraton more competitive with other hotel chains, including Marriot, Hilton, Radisson and Hyatt.

Hoyt Harper, Starwood’s SVP of brand management, says the company cut 41 hotels from the chain because they did not meet Sheraton’s new standards, and it wasn’t a cheap move either.

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Luxury Hotels Pull Japanese Food Off Menu

Luxury hotels in Hong Kong are taking Japanese fish, beef and other foods off their menus due to Japan’s nuclear crisis, according to Bloomberg.

The concern is that food may have been contaminated after radiation was released from the deteriorating nuclear power plant.Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons hotels in Hong Kong have all stopped buying fresh foods from Japan even though no clear risk has been confirmed yet.

At the Four Seasons in Hong Kong, chefs are no longer cooking up Wagyu beef, sea scallops and abalone from Japan. The hotel is using products from New Zealand and Australia, according to hotel publicist Claire Blackshaw.

Hotel officials say they won’t add Japanese food back on the menu until the situation stabilizes.

All-Inclusive Spring Break Hotels

Spring is right around the corner. That means it’s the perfect time to start planning your spring break getaway. Punta Cana, Jamaica and Aruba are just a few hot destinations to visit if you want to relax and soak in the sun.

Oyster.com has the 411 you need to find the best all-inclusive resorts or hotels for spring break. When I say all-inclusive, I mean the best cuisine, white-sand beaches, water sports and more.

Check out Oyster’s Top 10 picks for all-inclusive spring break resorts. We also have a list of family-friendly hotels, too.

Tell us where you like to go for spring break.

Spring Break Hotels for Families

TravelChannel.com has teamed up with Oyster.com to provide you with cool hotels to book for your next vacation. Travelers now have the opportunity to read hotel reviews, view hotel photos and book the hotel of their choice.

Spring Break is right around the corner, and we have Oyster’s Top 10 Spring Break Hotels for families. Check out the list of hotels and book a fun family getaway to warm destinations like the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Miami and Los Angeles. All of the featured hotels have something to keep you and your children happy, including a beach, water park, spa or gym.

What are your favorite family-friendly hotels for spring break?

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