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NOT A MINOR PROBLEM: DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL POLICY FOR THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN

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Abstract:

Each year millions of children are part of the tourism arrival and departure statistics. Leading travel and tourism journals suggest most of this travel is benign. Others are less sanguine and point to trafficking in children, abductions, and the growth of pedophilia tours. Health and security policies of nations and the travel industry may also endanger children both as travelers and as workers in the tourism industry. Recently, the United Nations and some individual countries have begun to address these issues, albeit with little input by the travel industry. This article discusses what role public policy and industry policies can have in protecting traveling children. This study will examine what major tourism journals have published concerning children, explore the breadth of travel policy issues about children, examine selected industry and public policies in place, and conclude with an action agenda.

Keywords: Children; Security; Trafficking; Travel policy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/1083542054547868

Affiliations: Department of Political Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • The aim of Tourism Analysis is to promote a forum for practitioners and academicians in the fields of Leisure, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality (LRTH). As a interdisciplinary journal, it is an appropriate outlet for articles, research notes, and computer software packages designed to be of interest, concern, and of applied value to its audience of professionals, scholars, and students of LRTH programs the world over.
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