Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) Announces the Winners of the Red Card Campaign Contest
by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa
27 July 2010…FTTSA is excited to announce the winners of our Red Card Campaign Contest. In partnership with UNICEF and the ILO the Red Card Campaign is part of the FTTSA initiative ‘Fight Child Exploitation in Tourism’. This is a four pronged initiative and consists of:
FTTSA is the official Local Code Representative (LCR) for the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct for South Africa, which was recently launched to the South African tourism industry in June 2010. The Code is an award winning, international multi-stakeholder initiative working to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) associated with travel and tourism; linked to The Code, is the UNICEF Red Card Campaign.
Tourism businesses all over South Africa have been displaying and distributing Red Card Campaign collateral to raise awareness of tourism staff, suppliers, customers and community members about CSEC. The different collateral includes information about what child sex tourism is and the relevant numbers to call when incidences of exploitation are suspected. This campaign was kicked off in anticipation of the FIFA 2010 World Cup™ and is ongoing.
The Red Card Campaign Contest was created to encourage people who have received the Red Card Campaign collateral to use and distribute the collateral widely and creatively. To recognize the tourism sector’s efforts and to stimulate sharing of best practices, FTTSA is awarding prizes to the following winners who have best demonstrated use of Red Card Campaign collateral in a tourism environment.
First Prize: AVIS
Second Prize: CAPE GRACE
Third Prize: Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge
FTTSA would like to thank all of the businesses that generously donated prizes for this contest and everyone who participated in this contest and in the broader Red Card Campaign. We are very grateful for your support of the Fight Child Exploitation in Tourism initiative FFTTSA is continuing to distribute Red Card flyers, tent cards, posters and little red cards. If you are a tourism business interested in getting involved in the Red Card Campaign, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
About FTTSA and The Code
To date, 66 tourism businesses from throughout South Africa ranging from luxury hotels and safari lodges to community-based micro-enterprises have qualified for FTTSA certification. Tour operators and consumers are assured that accommodation and activities carrying the FTTSA mark are adhering to specific criteria such as fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. This ground-breaking certification programme is the first of its kind in the world, focusing strongly on labour and socio-economic standards in addition to environmental performance. For more information on FTTSA certification, please visit www.fttsacertification.org.za
UNICEF actions to strengthen child protection during 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and beyond