Marriott International Donates Enhanced Training to Industry
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2021) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), and ECPAT-USA today announced at a World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Awareness Event that over 500,000 hotel workers have been trained through the industry’s free human trafficking awareness training since it was released in early 2020.
That number is in addition to nearly 100,000 Marriott workers, who have completed the training, “Your Role In Preventing Human Trafficking: Recognize the Signs” in 2020. The training was produced by Marriott International in collaboration with ECPAT-USA and Polaris and was made available to the industry for free with the support of the AHLA Foundation, an ECPAT-USA corporate partner in protection.
“Training plays a critical role in prevention efforts and being able to train nearly 600,000 employees during such a difficult year for our industry is a testament to the industry’s commitment to human trafficking awareness and prevention,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. “Our No Room for Trafficking Program sends a loud and clear message: we will not tolerate human trafficking in the hotel industry, and our commitment to training and education will continue to make a difference.”
Joined by Tricia Primrose, Global Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer at Marriott International and Lori Cohen, CEO at ECPAT-USA, the event highlighted the hotel & lodging industry’s long-standing legacy and commitment to combat trafficking and featured an announcement by Marriott International to donate its new enhanced human trafficking awareness training to the industry in early 2022 to help further educate the entire hospitality industry. The event also featured a short human trafficking prevention training session showcasing Marriott’s enhanced training.
“ECPAT-USA is honored to be part of this astounding achievement,” said Lori L. Cohen, CEO of ECPAT-USA. “We thank AHLA, Marriott International, and all our partners in the hotel industry who have made ending human trafficking a priority at their organizations. To have been able to make such an impact in just over a year is an incredible example of the industry’s commitment to child protection.”
Launched three years ago, the “No Room for Trafficking Program” was designed by AHLA and the AHLA Foundation to help unite the industry around one comprehensive approach to prevent human trafficking with the goal of training every employee in the industry. The AHLA Foundation will continue to offer additional resources to members to raise public awareness and facilitate collaboration on best practices for policies, procedures, and training to enhance our human trafficking prevention efforts. For additional resources on the No Room for Trafficking Program, visit https://www.ahlafoundation.org/human-trafficking.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support and workforce development programs to move the industry forward. In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitality was the first industry impacted and it will be among the last to recover. That is why AHLA is committed to promoting safe travel while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide through the Safe Stay initiative. With an enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees, hotels across America are ready to welcome back travelers when they are ready to travel. Learn more at www.ahla.com.
About The AHLA Foundation:
The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. We are committed to elevating, educating, and empowering individuals and the public on the industry’s story of opportunity and advancement. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has distributed over $27 million in support of the industry and is committed to ensuring a strong and viable workforce for the entire lodging industry. The Foundation is funded solely by contributions from generous individuals and companies who want to give back to the hotel industry and ensure a successful future. Learn more at www.ahlafoundation.org.