Farrell Praises Hotel for Dropping S. Africa Event

Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrell praised the Century Plaza hotel Tuesday for canceling a trade show sponsored by South African Airways and that country's tourism board.

"We have achieved a victory in Los Angeles," Farrell said. "Until the South African government renounces apartheid, it's the appropriate way. We don't want it doing business in our community."

The council was scheduled to consider a motion by Farrell condemning the luxury Century City hotel for allowing the promotional event, but no action was taken after word came that the Sept. 18 show was not going to take place.

The cancellation was the result of a decision by Century Plaza manager Bodo Lemke and by the show's organizer, who decided that "in the spirit of the city's anti-apartheid ordinance this event should not be held at this hotel," said hotel spokeswoman Katie Meyer.

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