The InterContinental Hotels Group has decided to remove on-demand pornography from every location in its international chain.
Dawn Hawkins of Morality in Media, now known as the National Center on Sexual Exploitation crowed about the decision:
We are grateful to Intercontinental Hotels Group for the priority the company placed on working with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in order to ensure that none of its hotels profit from sexual exploitation.
InterContinental Hotels Group has committed to rigorously enforce a brand standard prohibiting the distribution of pornography across all of its brands, such as Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza.
Free streaming pornography has largely made
in-room, on-demand pornographic services unprofitable. Robert Habeeb, president and CEO of First Hospitality Group, estimated that a 200-room hotel could make just $2,000 a month from the rental of pornography.
About 17 years after it opened for business on Dublin's O'Connell Street, Ann Summers is to open a new shop on the much-busier Henry Street.
It will open at the former Pamela Scott store at No 3 Henry Street, which has been vacant for several weeks.
In spite of the slippage in business on O'Connell Street in recent years, Ann Summers dodged the worst of the retail downturn with customers choosing to spend more on their sex life amid the economic gloom. The Dublin shop is among the three best
performing of the company's 140 outlets.
A spokesperson for Ann Summers confirmed that the O'Connell Street store would continue to trade after the second store opens for business, probably before the end of March.
Melbourne's longest-running porn cinema is set to close, its owner has flagged.
Crazy Horse has been screening hardcore pornography, sometimes continuously for 24 hours a day, from the basement of a sex shop on Elizabeth Street for almost 50 years.
But as demand for porn increasingly moves online, the cinema's future is under a cloud.
David Ross, spokesman for Melbourne-based porn empire HGC, said:
It's keeping its head above water but it's certainly not
one of our remarkable profit centres. People are going to the internet so it's not something that is long for this world, one would imagine.
Ross suggested the cinema could be converted into a mainstream theatre. He said the HGC
Group, which owns the Club X chain of adult shops and the Sexpo brand, had a five year lease on the adult complex but was open to vacating the site early to make way for a new operator.