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The Hotel Association of New York City announced that they will provide free hotel rooms to furloughed federal workers who need to travel to New York City for personal emergencies during the shutdown.

“As a leading hospitality voice for New York City, we don’t want to see anyone who needs to be here turned away because of financial hardships created by the government shutdown. Whether it’s a family situation or a health issue that requires people to travel to the city, we will do what we can to provide accommodations on a limited basis to those in dire need,” said Vijay Dandapani, president and CEO, Hotel Association of New York City.

The Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. was established in 1878 and is now one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation. The association includes 280 finest hotels in New York City, representing nearly 80,000 rooms and more than 50,000 employees.