UANI – Hotel Campaign New York

Sanctions

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), as part of the campaign to isolate the Iranian regime economically and diplomatically, launched its annual Hotels Campaign to demand that all New York area hotels and venues refuse to host Ahmadinejad and the Iranian delegation for the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) yearly September meeting in New York City.

In the first year of the Hotels Campaign in 2009, UANI and its supporters successfully urged The New York Helmsley Hotel, Gotham Hall and the Essex House to refuse to host Ahmadinejad, thereby denying him a platform for his hateful rhetoric. Instead, Ahmadinejad was effectively quarantined to the InterContinental The Barclay, the one hotel in New York that agreed to accommodate the Iranian delegation.

In 2010, The Intercontinental made the moral decision to not host Ahmadinejad. Unfortunately, theHilton Manhattan East Hotel wrongfully agreed to accommodate the Iranian delegation for the 2010 UNGA.

The short-term profit from hosting the Iranian delegation is far outweighed by the grave implications of supporting a terrorist state that is violating international law by developing nuclear weapons.

Click HERE see pictures from the UANI anti-Ahmadinejad rally in front of the Hilton Hotel on Thursday September 23, 2010.

2010

Hilton Manhattan East

The Hilton Manhattan East Hotel accommodated Ahmadinejad and the Iranian delegation for the September 2010 UNGA. The hotel, part of the Hilton Worldwide corporation, is owned and operated by the Rhode Island based Procaccianti Group.
Omni Berkshire Hotel

On August 11, the Omni Berkshire Hotel, in response to a UANI letter to all New York City hotels, pledged they would not host Ahmadinejad during the 2010 UNGA.
Millennium UN Plaza Hotel

On May 2, UANI launched a campaign against the Millennium in response to its decision to host Ahmadinejad for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. Ahmadinejad exploited his appearance at the conference to rail against the West. Responding to UANI pressure, the Millennium has refused to host Ahmadinejad again for the 2010 UNGA.

2009

Jumeirah Essex House

On September 23, the Essex House cancelled a scheduled dinner for Ahmadinejad. The hotel stated “that no accommodation or banqueting facilities have been booked at the Essex House for the president of Iran or members of his delegation.” The Essex House was the third venue in a week to bow to the pressure of UANI and its supporters.
Gotham Hall

On September 21, in response to UANI’s campaign, Gotham Hall cancelled a proposed speech of Ahmadinejad. In a statement, David Miller, a representative of Apple Core Holdings, the parent company of Gotham Hall, said, “Once we learned of the nature of this event and the attendance of President Ahmadinejad, we took steps to cancel the event.”
The New York Helmsley Hotel

On September 18, at the urging of UANI supporters, The New York Helmsley Hotel cancelled a long-planned banquet in which Ahmadinejad was scheduled to attend and speak.

Howard Rubenstein, spokesman for Helmsley Properties, stated, “Neither the Iranian Mission nor President Ahmadinejad is welcome at any Helmsley facility. The Helmsley organization is grateful to United Against Nuclear Iran for bringing this matter to its attention so that appropriate action could be taken.”

Intercontinental The Barclay

During the 2009 UNGA, Ahmadinejad was effectively quarantined to the InterContinental The Barclay, the one hotel in New York that agreed to accommodate the Iranian delegation. Responding to UANI pressure, the Intercontinental will not host Ahmadinejad again for the 2010 UNGA.

Newsroom

September 23, 2010 Growing tide of business opposition to Iran
August 4, 2010 A’jad hotel boycott
September 24, 2009 Iranian President Ahmadinejad Booted From Third New York Hotel
September 22, 2009 New Yorkers to General Assembly, Ahmadinejad: ‘Oh, no’
September 22, 2009 New York Businesses Give Iranian President Ahmadinejad the Cold Shoulder
September 21, 2009 Ahmadinejad, unwelcome in New York
September 18, 2009 Posh Hotel Cancels Banquet Because Of Iranian Prez
September 18, 2009 A’jad gets heave-ho from Helmsley Hotel
September 18, 2009 NY hotel axes event with Ahmadinejad on guest list
September 8, 2009 Should NY hotel deny room to Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Would you stay there on the same night?
September 8, 2009 It’s an inn-sult!

Press Releases

2010

•”Join UANI Thursday to Protest Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Delegation at The Hilton Hotel

(September 21, 2010)
•”UANI Announces Protest Against President Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Delegation

(September 20, 2010)
•”UANI Announces Launch of Advertising Campaign Surrounding UNGA

(September 14, 2010)
•”UANI Applauds The Omni Berkshire Hotel for Closing Its Doors to President Ahmadinejad

(August 12, 2010)
•”UANI Calls on Hilton Hotels to Refuse to Host President Ahmadinejad

(August 4, 2010)

•”UANI Announces Launch of ‘He’s Not Welcome Here’ Advertising Campaign

(May 6, 2010)
•”UANI Calls on The Millennium Hotel to Refuse to Host President Ahmadinejad

(May 2, 2010)
•”UANI Calls On New York Area Hotels To Refuse To Host President Ahmadinejad And The Iranian Delegation During the Upcoming United Nations Conference

(April 30, 2010)

2009

•”UANI Applauds The Essex House for Rebuffing Ahmadinejad

(September 24, 2009)
•”UANI: One Question for The Essex House

(September 21, 2009)
•”UANI Applauds Gotham Hall for Denying President Ahmadinejad a Platform for Propaganda

(September 21, 2009)
•”UANI Applauds The New York Helmsley Hotel for Reversing Course and Refusing to Host President Ahmadinejad

(September 21, 2009)
•”UANI Calls on The Essex House to Refuse to Host President Ahmadinejad

(September 21, 2009)

•”UANI Calls on Gotham Hall to Deny President Ahmadinejad a Platform for Propaganda

(September 18, 2009)
•”UANI Calls on The New York Helmsley Hotel to Refuse to Host President Ahmadinejad

(September 17, 2009)
•”UANI Calls on The InterContinental The Barclay New York to Refuse to Host President Ahmadinejad

(September 8, 2009)
•”UANI Calls On New York Area Hotels To Refuse To Host President Ahmadinejad And The Iranian Delegation During the Upcoming United Nations General Assembly

(June 13, 2009)

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