Date Released: 17 September 2013
Representatives of over 30 hotels and 50 organisations seeking to book event and conference venues attended a highly successful Fair Hotels Expo in Liberty Hall on Tuesday, 17th September.
A Fair Hotel is one that ensures the fair treatment of staff and recognition of their right to a collective voice at work.
Those attending the event included representatives of several of the countries leading hotel chains and representatives of NGOs, trade unions and political parties.
Westgrove Hotel in Clane, Co. Kildare is the latest hotel to join the Fair Hotels initiative. Among those attending the Expo was Westgrove Hotel Sales and Marketing Manager, Elaine Ryan.
She said: “Fair Hotels is a relatively new venture for us. We have found it very positive for staff and for business in general. The Expo provided us with a great opportunity to meet and network with organisations seeking to book conferences.
Among the NGO representatives attending the event was chairwoman of the National Women's Council of Ireland and Director of the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, Siobhan O’Donoghue.
“We think it is very important that we are sure that any hotel which is booked to host an event treats workers fairly. The Fair Hotels initiative gives people the confidence that when they pay for a venue for a conference, event, overnight stay or holiday their supporting fair work practices.”
SIPTU Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Ethel Buckley, said: “The Fair Hotels initiative has gone from strength to strength since it was launched three years ago. It is an internationally recognised as a leading example of how workers, business and cponsumers can all benefit by making ethical choices.”
There are over 70 Fair Hotels throughout the country from Kerry to Belfast. Among participating hotels is the Conrad in Dublin which was recently recognised as Ireland's Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2013 in Turkey.