Brought to you by: Pastor Real Estate & Barclays
Monaco-based Silversea Cruises has announced its support for a global taskforce against human trafficking.
Announced at Seville’s World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the taskforce is designed to help prevent and combat an illicit activity that affects 30 million victims worldwide, and relies on travel networks to operate.
The taskforce comprises WTTC Members and sector associations to become the first global industry-wide initiative to assert zero tolerance and share best practice.
As an ‘industry’, human trafficking is worth $150bn annually, and contributes heavily to modern slavery, in which 40 million people worldwide are entrapped. One-quarter of trafficking victims worldwide are children (or 5.5 million).
Meanwhile, 19% of victims are trafficked for sexual purposes, which makes up 66% of the illicit income generated.
Human trafficking is present virtually everywhere; yet not all criminalise it in all its forms.
The WTTC taskforce has thus been established for the purposes of:
The founding members of the taskforce are Airbnb, Amex GBT, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, Ctrip.com International, CWT, Emirates, Expedia Group, Hilton, JTB Corp, Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority, Marriott International, Silversea, Thomas Cook and TUI.
On the formation of the taskforce Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC commented, “Human trafficking is a devastating, widespread and critical issue that unfortunately relies on Travel & Tourism networks to operate.
As a sector, we must do everything in our power to help eradicate the problem so that people may move freely and safely across the globe, but never coerced.
“I am proud to today launch this vital taskforce comprised of the world’s most powerful travel leaders from across hotels, retail, airlines, cruise, technology, finance and destination management, and are wholly committed to preventing trafficking, protecting victims, supporting survivors and engaging with governments so that this pandemic ends once and for all.”
Monaco has presented the merits of its new drone system while calling for increased use of cleaner fuel alternatives for aircraft during this year’s International Civil Aviation meeting in Montreal. The 40th annual meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) saw the introduction of a new platform for the management of drone traffic, dubbed […]
In the first of his new regular Monaco Life columns, Geoffrey Kent – ex-British Army officer, former champion polo player, Monaco resident and founder and co-chairman of renowned luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent – answers our questions on his fascinating past, present and future. Monaco Life: How and when did Abercrombie & Kent begin?
Air Canada has announced it will be doubling the number of seats currently available on it’s Nice-Montreal route. The airline is replacing the Air Canada Rouge planes with Air Canada Airbus, which will also be flying one extra day per week. The expanded direct service, which will increase from four to five flights per week, […]
The Monaco Yacht Show is famous for its opulent display of superyachts, a fleet which this year was valued at over four billion jaw-dropping euros. But the Principality is also leading the world in sustainable practices, so it is unsurprising to see, floating beside these incredible mega yachts, a far less lavish but no less […]