OCEAN CITY, Md., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jami Day, Director of Corporate Responsibility, spoke on a panel in support of the company's ongoing initiatives as an active partner for ECPAT-USA. The panel discussion was hosted as part of the 2013 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. RHG became the first hotel management company in the United States to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct with ECPAT-USA, a non-profit organization that advocates for policies to protect sexually exploited children. Day has completed the training initiatives throughout the portfolio of hotels as part of the commitment to ECPAT's initiatives. "Taking risk management to the next level on this issue is positive for the assets we are tasked with, as well as our guests, our associates and the communities we operate in," comments Jami Day, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Real Hospitality Group.
"As a leader in the hospitality industry, Real Hospitality Group is proud to use our sphere of influence to do whatever we can to pragmatically impact the issue. As a member of the ECPAT Board of Directors, it was an honor to speak on this panel, and continue our ongoing commitment to ending the trafficking of young women and girls," comments Day. "We are proud to be an ECPAT Code of Conduct signatory, taking a position of protecting those most vulnerable in our communities and to share RHG's groundbreaking role in taking training from the corporate responsibility statement to the lobby and guest room level in our hotels."
Moderated by Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA, the panel was overseen by Mr. Libran N. Cabactulan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations. The panel was a collaboration with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons. ECPAT – USA is actively seeking legislation and continued commitments from businesses in the hospitality and tourism industries to protect the rights of the victims both domestically and internationally.
ECPAT-USA, the U.S. arm of ECPAT International, is focused on protecting children trafficked into the U.S., American children trafficked for sexual exploitation, and foreign children exploited by American tourists traveling abroad. ECPAT International is a global network of organizations working together for the elimination of child trafficking, child prostitution and child pornography. The network is comprised of 81 groups in 74 countries around the world. All ECPAT groups are independent grassroots organizations, working to combat child exploitation at the local level. Visit http://www.ECPATUSA.org for a complete list of research, advocacy, policy, training and education programs ECPAT spearheads in the U.S. and abroad.
About Real Hospitality Group
Real Hospitality Group (RHG) is headquartered in Ocean City, Md., and comprises a team with more than 200 years of combined hospitality and travel industry experience. The Real Hospitality Group portfolio includes 30 hotel properties with an inventory of more than 5,150 rooms in gateway cities that include New York, Philadelphia and locations in Morgantown, West Virginia as well as Glens Falls, Montauk, New York and Ocean City, MD. The company is a recognized service provider for Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt, Wyndham, and the Choice Hotels brands as well as a collection of unique independent hotels. RHG focuses on total service property management, revenue performance and business development for hotels, resorts and investment ownership groups. For more information, please visit the company website at www.realhospitalitygroup.com.
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