Destination Mekong – responsible and safe forms of voluntourism

24aug3:00 pm4:30 pmDestination Mekong – responsible and safe forms of voluntourismLaunch of THE CODE VOLUNTOURISM POLICY3:00 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT+07:00) View in my timeEvent TypeChild Protection,Partner EventAccessPublic Event

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As part of sustainable and responsible travel and tourism development, the industry must ensure that only responsible and safe forms of voluntourism are undertaken. Companies should exclude visits to orphanages from tourism packages as it drives institutionalisation which causes harm to children.

Without regulation and care, some forms of voluntourism allow un-vetted access to children that puts them at risk of being trafficked and sexually exploited. To address this issue, ECPAT International and The Code in cooperation with the Destination Mekong Child Protection Experts Group composed of ASSET-H&C powered by Institut européen de coopération et de développement (IECD), Sampan Travel and Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRT) through an Advisor, as well as other key partners developed a voluntourism policy for companies, organisations and entities to protect children.

The Code (short for The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism) is a multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the travel and tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. The Code’s Voluntourism Policy can be used by its members and other organisations and entities, to protect children.


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(Tuesday) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT+07:00) View in my time


MeTag - Expert Group on Child Protection

The objective of the Mekong Touism Advisory Group Expert Group on Child Protection is to increase resilience and drive sustainability for the tourism industry in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) through addressing child protection issues.

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