Following a boycott against several hotel chains, leaders of disability-rights groups and representatives of the nation's hotel industry plan to meet Tuesday to discuss requirements that hotels make their pools accessible to handicapped guests.
A federal requirement under the Americans with Disability Act says that the owners of pools accessible to the public must install permanent lifts for use by guests with disabilities. Such lifts cost up to $6,500 per pool.
The requirement was set to take effect this year but has been postponed by the Obama administration until January.
The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. and the Asian American Hotel Owners Assn. have asked the federal government to ease the rules to allow hotels owners to meet the requirement with temporary lifts, which are much cheaper than permanent lifts.
This summer, four disabled-rights groups launched a boycott of the hotels operated by the board members of the two hotel trade groups.