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AASA and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa work in harmony
AASA is a member of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and holds a Director position on the Board of Directors. TBCSA is the umbrella association representing Travel and Tourism organisations in South Africa.

AASA is actively involved in the work of TBCSA. In particular, the current implementation of the new Immigration Regulations promulgated with effect from 26 May 2014 is receiving a great deal of attention from TBCSA. AASA is a member of the sub-committee which is actively working to convince the Department of Home Affairs to postpone the implementation of the Regulations and undertake a full review. The particular matters of concern include the following:

  • The requirement for all children under 18 to obtain and carry and unabridged birth certificate as an additional travel document as well as necessary authority through affidavits from parents giving consent to children to travel when they are not travelling with the children. This requirement will come into effect on 1 June 2015.
  • The requirement for in person application in their home country for biometric visas for all guests wishing to travel to South Africa where visas are required. This requirement is currently in effect.

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.

More information about anti-child and anti-human trafficking
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