Hilton International has denied reports it plans to close down one of its partner hotels in Lebanon, The Daily Star has reported. "The tourism sector is the first to be affected by any crisis ... but we have no intention whatsoever to close down any of the hotels," George Karam, head of the marketing and sales at both partner hotels, told the daily. Local media outlets reported last week that the Metropolitan Palace Hotel, one of the Hilton hotels in Beirut's eastern suburb of Sin el-Fil, was closing down and 150 employees were to be laid off. Hilton also has the Grand Habtoor Hotel, which is located across the road from the Metropolitan and is connected to it by a covered pedestrian bridge. "Both hotels are fully operational," Karam added.