High Level Taskforce to end sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism meets in Madrid

High Level Taskforce to end sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism meets in Madrid

Yesterday action packed one-day meeting of the High-Level Taskforce to end the sexual exploitation of children and tourism met at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid.

UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai opened and closed the meeting and personally attended showing the importance of this issue Rifai called the dark side of tourism.
He said: “I don’t only care about tourism, but I care what it does to our people.”

Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid was the chair of the meeting. The event was co-hosted by the Dutch Ambassador Matthijs van Bonzel, Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director EPCAT International, Cornelius Williams, Chief Private Child Protection, UNICEF, Dr. Susan Bissell, Director, Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, and Helen Marano, Senior VO of WTTC. The global media was represented by eTN Publisher Juergen T Steinmetz.

The purpose of the event was the implementation of the global partnership to end violence against children.

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Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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