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Hyatt Drops On-Demand Porn

HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer

Monday, November 23, 2015



Hyatt Drops On-Demand Porn
Hyatt Hotel

In October 2015, Hyatt Hotels Corporation joined the growing list of hotel operators that will no longer offer in-room on-demand pornographic movies to its clientele. According to the worldwide chain, which maintains more than 600 properties in more than 50 countries, “This content will not be introduced to any new Hyatt hotels, and it will be discontinued or phased out at all hotels.”

The move is not a sudden pro-purity/anti-porn notion; rather, the measure is chiefly driven by the fact that there just isn’t much income in hotel room porn anymore. Guests’ ability to watch porn on smartphones and laptops has severely cut into profits from in-room pornography.

According to PKF Hospitality Research, which analyzes and releases reports on hotel trends, the average profit per room from in-room porn dropped from $339/year in 2000 to merely $107/year in 2014. Customers’ port-a-porn is making hotel-provided porn obsolete.

PKF Hospitality Research appears to issue yearly reports on various aspects of the hotel business, as seen in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFxoSPK3yMo

PKF is a division of CBRE Group (formerly CB Richard Ellis Group), a commercial real estate services company based in California but maintaining hundreds of offices in the United States and worldwide.

Hyatt is by no means the first hotel chain to drop in-room porn. Other hotel chains, such as Marriott International, Inc., saw the writing on the wall years ago. In 2012, Marriott’s Executive Chairman, Bill Marriott, announced the chain’s discontinuation of in-room porn on two bases: religious and financial. First, Marriott International was founded by and is still operated by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a/k/a Mormons), who are “very, very opposed to pornography.” Secondly, the profits aren’t high enough now: demand for in-room pornography has “gone way down.” It’s safe to say that after decades of making profits from in-room pornography, Marriott International’s religious fervor was ignited because porn just doesn’t pay anymore.

Though the decision to eliminate/phase out pornography is clearly economic, Hyatt’s announcement was applauded by the president of The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, who stated, “With this step, Hyatt is proving itself to be a leader among corporations that value a positive and safe environment for their consumers.”

By Kathy Catanzarite


Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Handelonthelaw.com Staff Writer

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