Published on : Saturday, July 19, 2014
As a reflection of Myanmar Polestar’s continued commitment to child protection in tourism, The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code) awarded top membership status to the tour operator.
In 2013, Myanmar Polestar was in fact the first travel and tour company in Myanmar to join and has since then been actively involved in promoting and raising awareness for the issue.
Myanmar Polestar’s Managing Director, Mr. Kyaw Min Htin, stated that “It cannot be tolerated that the tourism industry is used as a means to an end for the sexual exploitation of children.
The CODE is an excellent industry-driven initiative enabling us to join forces with other industry professionals in order to safeguard children’s physical and emotional well-being.” Particularly in the context of Myanmar’s rapidly developing industry, it is crucial to raise awareness for the possibility that the country’s tourism boom may potentially put children at risk.
Mr. Kyaw Min Htin therefore highlights that “now is the time to take action and to lay critical foundations for a sustainable future development”.
By joining, Myanmar Polestar committed to adhering to The Code’s six criteria, which focus on proactive training, reporting and contractual embedding of the protection of children in tourism. During a seminar on July 15th in Yangon, attended by three staff members of Myanmar Polestar, The Code illustrated the implementation of the six criteria as well as The Code’s e-learning program.