Joint Forces to Protect Children from Sex Tourism: Development Partnership
with the Private Sector Supporting The Code
BANGKOK, Nov. 8, 2012
BANGKOK, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Four of the world's leading tourism
companies together with GIZ and The Code launch a joint project to combat
child sex tourism. Project partners: TUI Travel; Accor group; Kuoni Group and
ITB aim to ensure and inspire action on the issue, through testing and
optimization of the tools put in place in Thailand, as pilot country.
The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in
Travel and Tourism (The Code), as a multi-stakeholder organization, has been
created as a practical tool for the tourism industry taking action against the
commercial sexual exploitation of children.
"This work cannot be done without involving the tourism sector itself, which
is why we are very excited to get these major stakeholders on board for this
pilot project," says Andreas Astrup, General Manager of The Code.
Within this voluntary code of conduct, members of the tourism industry
worldwide commit to implement six criteria, those being (1) establish an
ethical policy, (2) train personnel, (3) introduce a Code-related clause in
contracts with suppliers, (4) provide information to travelers, (5) provide
information to key persons at the destination, and (6) to report annually to
The Code on the initiatives undertaken.
The Code has been very successful in the tasks of raising awareness and
recruiting new members and is today well-known within the tourism sector. The
Code has won multiple awards and has over 1,000 signatories worldwide.
However, to ensure that companies signing The Code implement the criteria they
commit to as well as report on their work, a line of cloud-based, online
services is being developed. The services will include an E-learning system
and a new online reporting system.
"It is crucial that the industry gets involved in testing, strengthening and
adapting the new tools, which is why we are supporting this new private
project," says Matthias Leisinger, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Kuoni.
"It is our hope that the tourism industry will follow the lead of the Kuoni
Group, Accor group, TUI Travel and ITB by adopting these instruments of
self-regulation to end the abhorrent practice of child sex tourism worldwide,"
encourages Andreas Astrup.
The project is implemented in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and is part of the develoPPP.de
programme financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and
Contact: Andreas Astrup – General Manager, The Code:
email@example.com, +662 215 3388
The Kuoni Group: Leading global travel and destination management services
company, founded in 1906 in Switzerland and operating in more than 80
Accor: The world's leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, present
in 92 countries with nearly 3,500 hotels and 440,000 rooms. Accor's portfolio
of hotel brands is composed of Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Suite
Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and hotel.
TUI Travel PLC: leading international leisure travel group headquartered in UK
operating in approx. 180 countries worldwide.
ITB: Since 1966, ITB Berlin has established itself as one of the biggest and
most important travel fairs worldwide.
For more information about The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children
from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code) : Website:
www.thecode.org | Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheCodeofConduct |
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