Child Protection: What is Better Than Orphanages?

Child Protection: What is Better Than Orphanages?

5 Nov 2019, 11:30 - 12:15

Asia Inspiration Zone

The issue of the exploitation of children in orphanages to create lucrative attractions for tourists was first raised at WTM London in 2011.  There has been a session on child protection every year since raising awareness of the child trafficking and exploitation of children, many of them not orphans, to secure donations and visit fees from tourists and tourism businesses. This year we are focusing on what tourists and tourism businesses can do to support children in their extended families in the community and out of orphanages.


  • Martin Punaks


    International Development Consultant

    Martin is an international development consultant with an interest in the interface between child protection and tourism.  Over nearly two decades he...

  • Damien Brosnan


    Programme Manager

    The Code

    Damien manages The Code’s global secretariat, based in Bangkok and with members across the globe. He works with local NGOs, UN agencies and the...

  • Luci Gardner-O'Brien


    Young Professional Advisor

    People and Places

    Luci graduated in 2016 from The University of Nantes gaining a degree in French Law and Politics. She continued her education at The University of...

  • Mehalah Beckett


    PEAK DMC Regional General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa

    Intrepid Travel

    With a background in development economics and earlier career in international development, Mehalah is relatively new to the travel industry. In 2017...