Aussie hotel strips entire floor for Obama visit
US President's security team has furniture removed at Marriott Hotel
A hotel in Australia has reportedly had to strip out furniture from an entire floor, with some rooms left completely bare, to prepare for the arrival of Barack Obama.
The US President will arrive in Brisbane later this week for the G20 Leaders’ Summit and will be staying at the Marriot Hotel in the city for at least one night, according to The Courier Mail.
In preparation for his stay, the President’s security team have had bedding and furniture, including mirrors, removed from some rooms, while others have been left with just tables and chairs, the newspaper reports.
They will also install secure communication lines and sweep rooms for bugs so that President Obama can conduct confidential business from the hotel.
He is expected to arrive at the hotel on Saturday, and hundreds of staffers will occupy other floors at the Marriott Hotel.
With his sizeable entourage, Obama has regularly had to book out entire hotels when travelling since he took office in 2009.
In 2010, US officials booked all 547 rooms at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai for two days during a visit to India.