Child Protection

Kuoni Destination Management takes innovative action to always ensure that each element of travel services provided, respect the land and its people and fall under the overall mandate of responsible tourism.

Child Protection Workshop

As part of its Corporate Responsibility program the Company conducted workshops in India to help protect children from sexual exploitation in tourism. The program included workshops in Cochin and Goa in 2009 and 2010.

The Company has been awarded with the PATA 2010 Gold Award for this CR Initiative.

The core objective of these workshops was to enhance awareness amongst the various stakeholders of the tourism industry in Kerala and Goa about the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation and to also suggest measures which could be taken to control this crime. The first series of workshops in Goa and Cochin were a starting point in the action against child sex tourism and were aimed at sensitising hotel partners and other stakeholders. This initiative provided a platform to exchange knowledge and share information for all parties concerned.

In 2010 follow-up workshops were organised in Cochin and Goa to strengthen the knowledge about the situation of sexual exploitation of children in India and discuss realistic child protection measures to be implemented at hotels.

The workshops were organised in co-operation with Equations, the Indian affiliate of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography And Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes – an NGO with International links) and with Child Rights Goa (CRG).

The Company has signed the ‘Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism’. The Company aims to address the issue by organising more such workshops to sensitise our hotel partners across India & South Asia. The Company is working closely with the Government and its NGO partner in Goa to bring this issue to light and to further strengthen measures which can be implemented to prevent this crime.