Aon says hotels "have a corporate responsibility" to conduct routine terrorism assessments

Hotel groups must conduct routine terrorist threat checks following the bomb blasts that rocked the Spanish holiday island of Majorca at the weekend, according to Aon.

Four bombs exploded in tourist spots across the capital Palma on Sunday afternoon.

Aon executive director of crisis management Justin Priestly said terror assessments should be as routine as health and safety checks.

He said hotels were an attractive target for terrorists because it was easy to conduct reconnaissance, they affected a high concentration of people and successful bombings attracted worldwide media attention.

He said: “Most large hotel groups now acknowledge they are a high-profile target and therefore have a corporate responsibility to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors.”

Priestly added that hotel groups must conduct a threat assessment of their global portfolio, review crisis management plans and procedures, together with selected individual security reviews at hotels.