The Code is an industry-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with a mission to provide tools and support in order to combat the sexual exploitation of children in contexts related to travel and tourism. The Code dreams of a world where children are safe and free. Where no child is abused by sex tourists. Where the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism no longer exists.
While tourism is not the cause of these crimes, many offenders travel to commit these abuses. Tourism professionals, therefore, have the unique opportunity to stop child sex tourism in its tracks.
The Code represents one of the first initiatives to define the role and obligations of tourism companies with regard to the issue of child sex tourism. Its goal is to work with travel and tourism companies to combat this crime.
The Code believes that every tourism business can make a difference and more than 1,300 tourism companies from 52 countries have already joined. The Code has had the honor of being internationally recognized for its contributions to the field of child rights, responsible tourism, and as a good model of tourism private sector-NGO collaboration.
Over the last years, The Code has won numerous international awards, including a PATA Gold Award, the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award, and the Ethical Corporation Award.
For twelve consecutive years, the Skal International “Sustainable Development in Tourism” Awards have been presented during the Opening Ceremony of its annual World Congress. Skal recently closed its 74th World Congress aboard the Carnival Glory, the first time this yearly event took place on a cruise ship. This year, The Code won an award in the category of Educational Programs & Media.
Skal is a member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .
For more information about The Code, please visit www.thecode.org