How you can help as an organisation in the tourism industry
The active involvement of the travel and tourism industry is of great significance for promoting the protection of children from commercial forms of sexual exploitation! The “Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism” is an effective and relevant prevention tool in this regard. First drawn up in 1999 by ECPAT Sweden and the Swedish tourism industry, the Code currently has almost 1,300 members in over 50 countries, including Switzerland.
The Code is playing a leading role in the prevention of child sex tourism and is supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OECD), the European Union (EU) and the Swiss Confederation.
The Code offers organisations in the tourism industry the opportunity to provide the best possible protection of children from sexual exploitation in the context of tourism. At the core of the Code are these activities:
- officially establishing a company philosophy against child sex tourism,
- training of employees in the countries of origin and at travel destinations,
- including a relevant clause in contracts with service providers,
- providing of information to customers,
- collaborating with local partners at travel destinations.
Visit the Code’s website to find out which tour operators and hotels have already joined.