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99% OF AAA APPROVED LODGINGS TO COMPLY WITH STIFFER SAFETY REQUIREMENTS IN U.S. & CANADA

 ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- All but 280 of nearly 22,000 AAA approved lodgings are expected to comply with increased security requirements that will be mandatory for properties listed in AAA's 1995 TourBooks(R) for the United States and Canada.
 "More than 17,000 properties, 79 percent of our listings, now meet AAA's stronger security requirements," said Kris Krause, director of AAA Industry Evaluations.
 "After surveying more than 500 properties that currently don't meet the new standards, AAA expects all but 1 percent of the nearly 5,000 remaining properties to comply before publication of the 23 TourBooks for 1995," Krause said.
 The American Automobile Association announced last March that it was strengthening its safety requirements for rooms to include deadbolt locks and viewports to outer halls. In addition, doors to connecting rooms must have a deadbolt and all sliding doors must have an effective locking device.
 "The new requirements were implemented as part of AAA's ongoing commitment to traveler safety and the knowledge that our members want these security measures in accommodations," said Krause.
 In a recent survey of AAA members, 99 percent said that deadbolt locks were an important consideration in selecting a lodging. Eighty percent said that viewports also were important.
 "It's clear that today's traveler is extremely security conscious and AAA is pleased that the vast majority of lodgings have taken the necessary measures to improve the security of guests," Krause said.
 Properties without deadbolts and viewports at the time of inspection are being given affidavits to sign, have notarized and return to AAA after the required hardware is installed. Lodgings that complete the work and provide affidavits in time to meet AAA's publication deadlines will be included in the 1995 travel guides.
 AAA TourBooks are free to its 35 million members and include information on more than 30,000 lodgings and restaurants, attractions, and points of interest.
 Approximately 60 specially trained, full-time AAA representatives drive more than 1 million miles annually, conducting inspections at lodgings and restaurants.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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