McCaysville GA – July 23,2015 (hospitalitybusinessnews.com) Hilton Worldwide has announced its’ decision to eliminate all on-demand adult movies from its in-room entertainment offerings. The new policy will be phased in depending on contractual terms that are currently in place between Hilton the hotels owners.
In a statement, from Hilton, a spokesperson for the company said: “We are making immediate changes to our global brand standards to eliminate adult video-on-demand entertainment in all our hotels worldwide. While the vast majority of our properties already do not offer this content today, this content will be phased out of all other hotels subject to the terms of their contracts.
“We believe in offering our guests a high degree of choice and control during their stays with us, including Wi-Fi on personal devices. However, we have listened carefully to our customers and have determined that adult video on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.”
Upon release of this new policy the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) released the following statement,
“We want to publicly thank Hilton for its decision to create a safe and positive environment for all of its customers,” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of NCOSE, in a statement. “Hilton has taken a stand against sexual exploitation. Pornography not only contributes to the demand for sex trafficking, which is a serious concern in hotels, but it also contributes to child exploitation, sexual violence, and lifelong porn addictions. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauds Hilton Hotels for recognizing these harms, and is glad to announce that Hilton Hotels will be removed from the Dirty Dozen List.”
Hilton now joins major hospitality brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Omni, Drury and Nordic Choice Hotels that do not offer pornographic content at any of their hotels.
This shift by hotels to eliminate adult content comes at a time when more properties are offering free internet or where”video capable” internet speeds can be purchased for the same or a lower price than the in-room adult movies.