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Assumption University Tourism Lecturer Scott Smith Travels to China to Promote Child Safe Tourism

July 24, 2013 Corporate No Comments Email Email

Scott Michael Smith, Course Coordinator from the Department of Hospitality and Tourism, Assumption University recently traveled to China to facilitate a dialogue for future leaders organized by the Guilin Institute of Tourism and sponsored by SKAL International and Project Childhood Prevention Pillar, an AusAID initiative implemented by World Vision.

Students were introduced to SKAL and then participated in a discussion and workshop about child safe tourism. The next day the students presented their strategies to protect the children at 2013 Mekong Tourism Forum to hundreds of delegates from the six Mekong River countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, China, Laos and Vietnam.

Afrooz Kaviani Johnson, Technical Director, World Vision explains, “With tourism continuing to grow rapidly, we must put safeguards in place to protect children. Child exploitation could potentially grow and worsen if we don’t act now. It was inspiring to speak with Future Tourism Leaders who will creatively work to make the tourism environment free from child exploitation and develop a sustainable Child Safe Tourism approach.”

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