News & Industry Affairs
- The first ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa
- 4 African destinations to watch in 2019
- Intra-Africa business travel heats up as visa regimes fall
- Research reveals positive development in the African tourism sector
- Anti-child Trafficking Tourism update
- South Africa leads aviation safety in Africa
- AASA & TBCSA working in harmony
- Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
- Lake Malawi National Park
- Tourism's economic contribution to the region
- Peace Parks Foundation
- Great Etosha National Park
Anti-child Trafficking Tourism update
AASA takes a stand against child trafficking
AASA is pleased to advise that on Friday 17 April 2015, the Chief Executive Officer, Chris Zweigenthal, signed a pledge in support of the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
The signing ceremony took place during a special media briefing during the World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The pledge was signed with Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) the Local Code Representative for South Africa. Several other tourism organisations including the National Department of Tourism, WTM, FEDHASA, SAACI, and SAYTC signed the pledge as well.
Global initiatives and studies
- Anti-child trafficking initiative: Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industry
On 17 April 2015, AASA proudly signed a pledge to support the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). This is an international industry driven initiative with a mission to provider awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent CSEC and to combat CSEC in the sector.
The Local Code Representative for South Africa is Fair Trade in Tourism (FTT) and AASA signed the pledge of support with FTT. Through this, AASA will continue to raise its voice against Child Trafficking, and will encourage its members to support this critical and worthwhile cause.
Download the Code of Conduct here: unicef.org/southafrica/SAF_resources_swccode.pdf
- Offenders on the move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of children in travel and tourism 2016
Despite 20 years of efforts, the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) has expanded across the globe and out-paced every attempt to respond at the international and national level. The results of the first comprehensive global study on SECTT confirm that no region is untouched by this crim and no country is ‘immune’. In an increasingly interconnected world, more people are on the move and even the most remote parts of the planet are now within reach, thanks to cheaper travel and the spread of the Internet. As a result, the risks of child sexual exploitation are increasing.
Download the global study here: cf.cdn.unwto.org/global-report-offenders-move-final.pdf