Invitation to Tourism Child Protection Code event at WTM Africa

While tourism is not responsible for crimes against children, there is a very clear connection between the industry and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. Individuals may take advantage of the access to children afforded to them by tour operators, accommodation providers, leisure venues, and other tourism-related products and services, and may use advantages they hold over local communities to exploit children sexually.

Tackling this issue is not the responsibility of a single sector or stakeholder. In fact, many different actors must join hands in order to construct an effective front line. Business and leisure travel and tourism products and services can play a direct role towards combatting this deplorable crime. NGOs and agencies that focus on children’s rights, welfare and safety need to become involved in this fight, and governments, whose primary function is to ensure the well-being of citizens, also need to participate.

Fair Trade Tourism, a leading Southern African responsible tourism NGO and the officially appointed Local Code Representative of the international industry-driven Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) has been working to mobilise the tourism industry in South Africa to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. In this context World Travel Market (WTM) Africa and Fair Trade Tourism invite you to join us at the launch of Fair Trade Tourism’s new awareness raising video on this issue.  At the same event we will be showcasing actions of the following leading private sector industry stakeholders in this regard:

  • Global Vision International (GVI) - a leading global organisation tackling critical local and global issues by operating award-winning volunteer tourism, education and training programs on sustainable development projects around the world.
  • Abang Africa Travel – a leading Fair Trade Tourism-Approved inbound tour operator based in Cape Town, South Africa, offering tailor-made sustainable holidays in Southern Africa;
  • Mercure Hotels – part of the Accor Hotels Group, all four Mercure hotels in South Africa (Nelspruit, Midrand and the Johannesburg suburbs of Bedfordview and Randburg) are leading Fair Trade Tourism-certified businesses that offer excellent accommodation facilities for both leisure and business travel;
  • WTM Africa, a proud supporter of Fair Trade Tourism in its efforts to combat this deplorable crime in South African tourism and beyond, is a leading Business to Business (B2B) exhibition for the inbound and outbound African travel & tourism markets.

Details are as follows:

Date:        April 7 2016

Time:       11h30 – 12h15 

Venue:     WTM Africa Press Conference Room

You are also invited to visit the Fair Trade Tourism stand (A30) during the trade show, as well as our Code representative on the WTM Africa Responsible Tourism Pavilion to learn more about this global initiative.

For more information please contact:

Sharon Gilbert-Rivett
Fair Trade Tourism Marketing Manager

Tel:   +27 (0)12 342 2945/3642
Cell:   +27 (0)83 725 9131

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