The protection of children from labour and sexual exploitation in tourism is a serious problem, far too rarely mentioned in the press. This results in many vacationmakers lacking awareness about this issue. In creating this category for 2013 we are trying to address this problem.

Did you know? Children can be employed to produce the cheap carpets, leather jackets, bags and other fake luxury goods that many tourists hunt for on vacation. Children can also be found in hotels and restaurants, cleaning or cooking for little or no pay. More indirectly, children could also be involved in building new resorts and tourism infrastructures [Dr S. Bliss].

2013 winner

Winner: TUI Nederland

Winner: TUI Nederland
Judges' reasons for winning: "TUI Nederland developed policies and trained staff to identify child abuse, whether amongst the families for whom they provide vacations or abuse perpetrated by travelers in the destination. They have been working to protect children from abuse since 2002 when they signed the Child Protection Code with ECPAT Nederland. They have worked to embed child protection into their routine business operations and have extended this commitment through their network of supplier and partners. Realising that child sex tourism is silently growing in the Northeast of Brazil, TUI Nederland and its numerous partners launched a campaign to say "a collective 'NO' to child sex tourism in the Northeast of Brazil". TUI Nederland has contributed over 100,000 since 2008 to fighting child exploitation in the region; 80 adolescents from 14 to 17 years of age have been trained as 'Youth Mobilizers', for the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, reaching over 2,000 people. Their vocational training programme has 104 graduates of whom 39 were employed throughout 2012".

TUI Nederland was also our Overall Winner.

  • TUI Nederland, the Netherlands
Highly Commended:
  • Intrepid Travel, Australia
  • Friends International for ChildSafe Network in Cambodia, Lao, Thailand & Indonesia

Previous winners

This category is new this year. Below is a past winner which reflects the aims of this category:
Written by Justin Francis
Photo credits: [Page banner: TUI Nederland]