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  • President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Nicola Madden- Greig, said the entity is moving to play a more pivotal role in the protection of the nation’s children.
  • This, as the JHTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, (The CODE).
  • The CODE is an industry-driven responsible tourism initiative, with a mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Nicola Madden- Greig, said the entity is moving to play a more pivotal role in the protection of the nation’s children.

This, as the JHTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, (The CODE).

The CODE is an industry-driven responsible tourism initiative, with a mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

This includes the buying and selling of children under 18 years of age for sexual purposes, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, prostitution of children, and child pornography.

Speaking at the opening of JAPEX 2015 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Sunday (September 20), Mrs. Madden-Greig said the MoU forms part of the association’s thrust to adhere to conventions relating to the protection of children.

She said the issue of exploitation of children in the travel trade industry is not a problem in Jamaica, but the JHTA is being proactive in its thinking.

“We want to ensure that Jamaica is always seen as a safe place for families and children,” she noted.

Mrs. Madden-Greig said the JHTA has been actively encouraging its members to join The Code and already, several players in the industry have signed on or are in the process of doing so.

She informed that a number of tour operator partners of the JHTA are already signatories to The CODE, which will further ensure that Jamaica’s reputation as a place for family vacation remains intact.