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More Kenyan hotels to becoming active in preventing child sex tourism

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eTN  Dec 08, 2007

The second signing of the "Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism" will take place on December 8, 2007, 15.00-17.00h at the Coral Key Beach resort Malindi under the auspices of the Hon. Morris Dzoro, Minister of Tourism and Wildlife and representatives from the Department of Children’s services, Ministry for Home Affairs, The Code Executive Committee, Unicef, Austrian Embassy and Save the Children Sweden.

In February 2006 the first signing of the Code of Conduct in Kenya took place, at that time 20 hotels, and KAHC, KATO, MCTA, HRA and Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife signed. The signatories have to fulfil the six criteria’s of the Code (see below). The Implementing partner SOLWODI, has during 2007 carried out 21 trainings in Ukunda, Kilifi, Mombasa and Malindi Districts and 4 awareness raising activities in Ukunda, Mombasa town, Mtwapa and at the Mombasa public beach.

The following additional 20 hotels will sign the Code
1. Eden Roc Hotel – Malindi
2. Severin Sea Lodge – Mombasa
3. Kahama Hotels – Mombasa
4. Travelers Beach Hotel – Mombasa
5. Excellent hotels – Mombasa
6. Mnarani Club – Kilifi
7. Ocean Sport Club – Malindi
8. Kilili Baharini Cottages – Malindi
9. Woburn Club – Malindi
10. Diani Sea Lodge – Kwale 11. Diani Sea Resort - Kwale
12. Pine wood Village – Kwale
13. Tiwi beach hotel – Kwale
14. Kahama Hotel – Mombasa
15. Blue Edge Lodge – Mombasa
16. Scorpio Villas – Malindi
17. Stephanie Beach House – Malindi
18. Plan Hotel Kenya LTD – Malindi
19. Exellent Hotel – Mombasa
20. Utange Hotels – Mombasa

The code has been a tremendous success in corporate social responsibility. Initiated in 1996 in Stockholm by the private sector in collaboration with ECPAT, the Code has developed into the key instrument for prevention of child sex tourism in the tourism industry worldwide. What was started as a project limited to tour operators expanded quickly to different tourism sectors and by January 2007 has turned to be a successful initiative of the tourism sector worldwide, especially for also hotels, travel agencies, associations and even airlines. Around 600 signatory companies in 23 countries on all continents had signed the Code of Conduct so far. Over 40 of these companies are Kenyan. THE CODE Organization has an international structure with a secretariat based in New York City, an EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE as decision making body and a STEERING COMMITTEE with advisory status,

This industry-driven multi-stakeholder initiative is not only recognized among the industry associations and child rights and child protection organizations but also by several governments and international organizations like the United Nations World Travel Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU) as the most reliable and efficient tool to prevent sexual exploitation of children in tourism. The Code of Conduct is a comprehensive prevention tool, which operates simultaneously at different levels within and outside a company. A signatory company has to fulfil the following six criteria of the Code of Conduct for protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism:

1. Establishment of an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children
2. Training of employees in the country of origin and the travel destination
3. Introduction of a clause in contracts with service providers/suppliers stating a common repudiation of commercial sexual exploitation of children
4. Provision of information to travellers by means of catalogues, brochures, in-flight films, ticket-slips, home pages, etc.
5. Information provision on the Code of Conduct and the company's policy in this regard to "local key persons" at the destinations
6. Annual reporting on the level of implementation of the Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism

The implementation of the Code of Conduct in Kenya since 2004 is supported by:

The Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA), UNICEF Kenya Country office and Save the Children, Sweden, Hotelplan Switzerland and the City Council of Vienna/Department for Cooperation and Development.

Partners in Kenya are the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, KAHC, KATO, KTB, MCTA and others. Implementing partner with responsibility to raise awareness and share information abut the code. Including conducting trainings, sharing information material, monitoring and continuous lobbing for new signings of the CC to take place is Solidarity with women in distress (SOLWODI)

Solwodi, Solidarity with women in distress
P.O.Box 17038-80100
Mombasa – Kenya

Physical address: Solwodi house
Arch Bishop Makarios Road - Ganjoni
Tel. +254-041-2222327

WebSite for TheCode Organization

More Kenyan hotels to becoming active in preventing child sex tourism

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