For each booking made through the Bedsonline platform today (June 12), the International Labour Organization’s World Day Against Child Labour, one euro (US$1.20) will be donated to A21, an Australia-based non-profit organisation that aims to abolish slavery worldwide.
Bedsonline said the one-day initiative is aligned to its commitment to protect against the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in the travel and tourism industry, and forms part of parent company Hotelbeds Group’s Child Protection Policy.
Alistair Rodger, director of retail travel agents at Hotelbeds Group, commented: “We recognise that the tourism industry has the legal and moral obligation to ensure that the protection of children and adolescents is included in its development agenda. That is why we wanted to launch a global campaign to both raise money and raise awareness with travel agents about this global problem.”
A21 will use the funds raised by Bedsonline for its Thailand Child Advocacy Center. The Thailand centre was chosen as it is dedicated to children in the region, and the group has a particular commitment to Thailand, its fourth most booked destination globally, Rodger added.