After being slammed with several calls for a boycott over its decision to host the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Hyatt Hotels issued a response declaring that the chain takes “pride in operating a highly inclusive environment.”
According to The Epoch Times, the annual gathering of conservative activists, speakers, and elected officials is usually hosted in Washington D.C. but was moved to Orlando, Florida in light of stringent masking and social distancing regulations.
The high-end hotel chain was hit with much criticism, especially on social media, for hosting the event. The Times reports that Hyatt was accused of lending a platform to “white supremacy,” while others claimed the conference would be a COVID-19 “super-spreader” event, and the hashtag #boycottHyatt was trending on Saturday.
“We take pride in operating a highly inclusive environment and we believe that the facilitation of gatherings is a central element of what we do as a hospitality company,” a spokesperson for the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Florida told news outlets.
“We believe in the right of individuals and organizations to peacefully express their views, independent of the degree to which the perspectives of those hosting meetings and events at our hotels align with ours,” Hyatt’s statement went on. “Our own values support a culture that is characterized by empathy, respect, and diversity of opinions and backgrounds, and we strive to bring this to light through what we do and how we engage with those in our care.”
On Sunday, the event’s final day, former President Donald Trump gave a rousing speech, teasing a possible 2024 presidential run.
Trump was met with a standing ovation as he took the stage, declaring that “our movement … is just getting started,” according to The New York Post.
“I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over,” Trump told the audience. “Our movement of proud hardworking American patriots is just getting started, and in the end we will win!”
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