2013 05 18 safe host conference krisztina boros eng


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Sexual tourism against minors is a world plague that encompasses mainly the south east Asian region, Latin America, Africa and eastern Europe. Western countries are those which register the biggest outgoing fluxes. Sexual tourists abuse of the common channels and networks of tourism to reach their victims. Companies and workers in the sector may play an important role in the prevention and struggle against this practice. To be able to do this, they must learn how to identify and prevent it, they need to possess the knowledge and skills to identify it and have the tools to actively prevent those who exploit and those that make use of this practice from making use of tourist services to reach their victims. To Favor the establishment of a permanent social dialogue platform for tourism, encouraging the exchange and synergies between social parts throughout the whole supply chain, starting from the exchange of actions for the fight against child exploitation in the tourism sector, and the adoption of Directive 2011/92/EU. Analyze the ways in which services and tourism channels are used for illegal aims and identify changes linked with use of information and communication technologies. Evaluate good practices that social parts, individually or jointly, have enacted to prevent and fight against this phenomenon. Equip the tourism industry with innovative and practical tools for the struggle against child sexual exploitation throughout the whole supply chain.
Il turismo sessuale a danno dei minori è una piaga mondiale che attanaglia in modo particolare Sud-est asiatico, America Latina, Africa ed Europa orientale. I paesi occidentali sono quelli da cui si registrano i maggiori flussi in partenza. I turisti sessuali abusano dei canali e delle reti del turismo per raggiungere le loro vittime. Imprese e lavoratori del settore possono giocare un ruolo prezioso per prevenire e contrastare il fenomeno. Per farlo essi devono imparare a riconoscerlo e a prevenirlo, devono cioè avere le conoscenze e le competenze per identificarlo ed essere dotati di strumenti concreti per impedire a sfruttatori e clienti di utilizzare i servizi turistici per raggiungere le loro vittime. Favorire l’istituzione del tavolo di dialogo sociale europeo del turismo incoraggiando gli scambi e le sinergie tra gli attori sociali di tutta la filiera, a partire dalla condivisione di azioni per la lotta allo sfruttamento sessuale dei minori nel turismo e l’attuazione della Direttiva 2011/92/UE sul tema.Analizzare le modalità con cui i servizi e i canali del turismo vengono utilizzati per scopi impropri e identificare i cambiamenti legati all’uso delle tecnologie di informazione e comunicazione Censire le buone pratiche che le parti sociali individualmente o collegialmente hanno messo in campo per prevenire e contrastare il fenomeno. Dotare l’industria del turismo di strumenti innovativi e pratici per il contrasto allo sfruttamento sessuale dei minori lungo tutta la filiera

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2013 05 18 safe host conference krisztina boros eng

  1. 1. Social Partners Together Against Sexual Exploitation ofChildren in Travel and Tourism – SAFE HOSTFlorence, 18-19 May 2013Krisztina BOROSEuropean Commission, DG Enterprise & IndustryTourism Policy UnitEU Tourism Policy in relation to fightagainst the sexual abuse of childrenin travel and tourism – competences,challenges and opportunities
  2. 2. EU travel and tourismsector2• Relatively resilient sector,despite uncertain economicoutlook• Critical sector for economicdevelopment and forsustaining employment• 3% of the EU GDP• 3.6% of the total labourforce• 8 million jobsBut with the related sectors:• 8.4% of the EU GDP• 9.1% of the total labourforce• 20 million jobsSource: WTTC 2013
  3. 3. Europe N°°°°1 tourist destination in the worldThanks to great•cultural and historicalheritage•natural assets•quality services•good connectivity•safety•etc…3INSERT
  4. 4. 4ChallengesEurope N°1 tourist destination in the world but facesmany challenges•Social and demographic changes•Economic crisis•Climate change•Innovation and ICT•Competitors• with attractive destinations• sometimes with less demanding social & environmental rules•etc.4
  5. 5. Opportunities• EU, national, regional and local authorities as wellas private actors are working hard to develop thetourism sector but additional cooperation isneeded in order to:• Facilitate increased tourism flows within the EU, especiallyduring the low season• Improve the social and environmental sustainability of tourism• Attract new tourists from third country markets, especiallyemerging BRIC countries• Create a favourable environment for the competitiveness ofthe tourism sector and its enterprises5
  6. 6. The extent of the EU competence• Since 1 December 2009, the EU can intervene to "support,coordinate or complement the action of Member States"*6* Articles 6 and 195 - Treaty on the functioning of the European Union• Its action shall inparticular "encouragethe creation of afavourable environmentfor the development" ofa competitive tourismsector
  7. 7. The EU objectives and actions (1)• Improve EU tourism supplyby• Better exploiting Europe’s maincompetitive advantages• Encouraging and promotingtransnational thematic tourismproducts, cultural itinerariesand routes• Prioritising sustainabledevelopment, professional skillsand service quality 7
  8. 8. The EU objectives and actions (2)Improve the EU tourism demand andincrease desire for Europe by:• Promoting sustainable/responsiblepractices and attitudes by tourismstakeholdersEuropean Charter for Sustainable andResponsible TourismETIS• Promoting Europe as a "unique tourismdestination""Europe – whenever youre ready""Destination 2020" in coop w/ ETC.8
  9. 9. The EU objectives and actions (3)• Increasing intra-EU tourism flows bythe diversification of tourism productsand low-season tourism"Calypso" - Platform operational from July13"Senior Tourism" - 2 projects runningsince January 13 for 11 months.• Mainstreaming tourism throughoutother EU policies and financialinstruments9
  10. 10. European Charter for Sustainableand Responsible Tourism• Developed with the help of the TSG• Public consultation in 2012 on possible content• Text still under development• Target groups:• Public authorities• Destinations• Businesses• Tourists10
  11. 11. European Charter for Sustainableand Responsible Tourism• General principles for sustainable and responsible tourismin the EU, concerning:• Economic, social and environmental sustainability approaches• Competitiveness• Natural and cultural heritage• Management of resources• Stakeholder involvement and monitoring of impacts of tourism• Safety of holidays• Awareness raising about responsible tourism• Principles are of general nature in order to be applicable toa wide scope of tourism parties• Various views on the inclusion of ethical principles 11
  12. 12. European Charter for Sustainableand Responsible Tourism• Possible implementation guidelines with mainlines of action• Tourism activities should respect and benefit localcommunitiesAll tourism stakeholders should ensure theAll tourism stakeholders should ensure theprotection of children and minors, and work towardsprotection of children and minors, and work towardsthe elimination of all forms of sexual and labourthe elimination of all forms of sexual and labourexploitation in travel and tourism.exploitation in travel and tourism.• Final form not yet decided – to be publishedtowards the end of the year. 12
  13. 13. European Tourism Indicator System(ETIS)• An indicator-based management system designed for monitoring,managing and enhancing the sustainability of destinations,consisting of:• A Toolkit• A set of core indicators + a set of optional indicators• A dataset to record and store indicator data• Economic, social and environmental benefits• Indicators related to responsible tourism:• Enterprises adopting CSR measures (Destination management – core)• Registered tourist complaints at the Police (economic value – optional)• Residents views on the impact of tourism on the destinations identity(social - optional
  14. 14. European Tourism Indicator System(ETIS)• 3 pilot phases (9 months each) ->poss. review(2015/2016)• 2 calls for expression of interest – ddln July 13• For interested destinations for testing the system• For professional expertise > informal working groupThe ultimate goal:• A Europe - wide comparable system• Potential use for the Virtual Tourism Observatory
  15. 15. European Label for Tourism QualitySchemes• Objective: consistency of evaluation among the participatingschemes > consumer confidence > business incentives• Added value:• large-scale visibility for participating schemes and their memberbusinesses• Value for money for consumers• Legal instrument: Regulation > directly applicable in each MS.Voluntary participation for the quality schemes (opt-in = bindingcontent)• Estimated adoption: before the summer break• EP and Council: (poss. adoption during the current EP term)• LT presidency :2 Council meetings: July and October 2013 15
  16. 16. Streamlining tourism in other EUpoliciesStepping up cooperation with various DGs andpublic and private stakeholders:•DG JUST – Package Travel•DG HOME – Visa facilitation, Child rights•DG MARE – Maritime tourism•DG ENV – EU Ecolabel, EMAS•DG CNECT – online trustmarks•DG SANCO – hotel fire safety, online comparisonsites16
  17. 17. General information• Our websites:http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/index_en.htmhttp://europa.eu/readyforeurope/• Contact details:ENTR-TOURISM-POLICY@ec.europa.eu17Thank you foryour attention