No automatic alt text available.PEaCE has organized a national multi-stakeholders consultation on “Advancing Responsible Business Practices on Child Protection from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.” The programme will take place on December 12 at Hotel Galadari, Colombo with the participation of ministries, regulatory authorities, hoteliers and industry stakeholders in the private sector and non-government organizations. Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Hon. John Amaratunge, will inaugurate the event.

The Consultation conducted in association with institutions/organizations such as Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Sri Lanka Police, ECPAT International, International Labour Organisation (ILO), South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC).

The Global Study on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT), conducted in coordination with 67 partners from around the world, documents that the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism has expanded worldwide, more children are being victimized than ever before, and the problem is truly global, with no region untouched and no country immune. A regional report of the Global Study focusing on South Asia including Sri Lanka was also published and disseminated. In such a context, the overall objective of this national consultation is to establish specific commitments to address the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) following the recommendations of the Global Study and contributing to the achievement of the targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Several presentations on the past and present developments of the travel and tourism industry in Sri Lanka, issues associated with sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT), related legal framework and the responsible business practices applicable to the private sector stakeholders will be made by selected resource persons from responsible institutions. There will also be two panel discussions, each consisting of four panelists to further address the issues in questions. More importantly, the consultation will be concluded with an overall discussion on the possible collaborations and commitments that could be followed to ensure a child-safe environment in travel and tourism.