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Skål UK focuses on human rights in tourism

Skål UK, part of the world’s largest network of tourism leaders, has pledged its support to the international movement against the commercial exploitation of children and has invited a representative from Barnardo’s to speak about this growing problem at its Annual Dinner which takes place in the Dicken’s Inn, London, on the 25th April.

According to UNICEF, the exploitation of children in travel and tourism is a growing problem across the globe and it affects an estimated two million young people each year.  

“We want to bring this issue to the fore.” says Skål UK President, Alison Partridge. “Skål believes that the tourist industry cannot continue to ignore the plight of men, woman and children, who, because of their sex, race or religious beliefs have their basic human rights abused simply because tourism is a major source of international receipts."  

"We cannot allow commercial interest to over-ride basic human rights,” continues Alison. “That is why I have invited Michelle Lee-Izu, Director Children Services East and South East England for Barnardo’s to speak about this important subject at our forthcoming Annual Dinner.”  

“The UK tourism and travel industry simply has to set standards and develop policies, such as the ECPAT “Offenders Beware Project”, to protect vulnerable host communities, especially children. Unfortunately, the internet has made it easier for young people to be commercially exploited, and we have to respond to this new blight on our industry,” concludes Alison.

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