Following Monday’s tragedy when a window fell out of The Mira Hong Kong hotel and killed a 24-year-old mainland female Chinese tourist on the street below, eyes have been looking up with trepidation at the city’s hotel windows.
According to the Hong Kong Buildings Department, five hotels have failed to keep up with inspections and building instructions, including Causeway Bay’s The Park Lane, King’s Hotel, V Hotel and Serviced Apartments, and Tsim Sha Tsui’s Guangdong Hotel (GSH Hotel) and a Marco Polo hotel.
Difficulties have arisen because of renovation (The Park Lane), towers with floors belonging to numerous owners (V Hotel) and moving from one site to another (King’s Hotel). It turns out two of the hotels had been asked to check guestrooms, while others were only asked to inspect public area windows.
In all, more than 40 hotels have received inspection orders from the Buildings Department.
According to Joseph Ho Hin-ming, advisor to the Buildings Department on mandatory window inspections, hotels must be particularly vigilant as windows in air conditioned rooms are not opened regularly, leading to greater risk when they are opened.