Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism receives funding from SECO
The Board of Directors also announced the recruitment of Andreas Astrup as General Manager for the Code Bangkok headquarters, who will assume the position starting December 1, 2011. Andreas Astrup has previous experience as Head of Planning at Amnesty International in Copenhagen and is a Danish citizen. Starting January 1, 2012, the Code NY office will become the regional office for the Americas and in 2013, the Code regional office for Europe will be established in Berlin. The Code trusts that this expansion will allow it to better assist the Code members in their work promoting and implementing the Code, and to support more the local code representatives in the future.
Over the last decade, the Code organization received wide international recognition as an instrument of social responsibility and child protection in tourism, being acknowledged with distinctions including: the Tourism for Tomorrow Award (2003), the Ending Human Slavery Award (2008), the Ethical Corporation Award (2010), the Business-Leaders Award to Fight Human Trafficking (2010), etc. The Code private sector membership reached over 1,000 companies in 42 countries including leading travel and tourism companies such as Accor, Kuoni, Carlson, Delta, etc., and continues growing steadily.
The Code has had the benefit of working with strategic partners UNICEF and UNWTO under the leadership of Matthias Leisinger, Chairman, and Mark Capaldi, Vice-Chairman.
MEDIA CONTACT: Dr. Camelia Tepelu, Secretariat Coordinator, Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, ECPAT USA, Ph: +1 718 935 9192 Fax: + 1 718 935 9173, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org