TUI Academy Thailand

International tourism accounts for 10% of global GDP and, with an annual turnover of more than € 740 billion, is one of the world’s most important employment sectors.  But whilst the worldwide growth of tourism has many economic and social benefits, it is also important to understand that risks exist as well. There is a consensus about the risk of children being sexually exploited in tourism and the tourism sector has acknowledged their corporate social responsibility on this human rights violation.

Disadvantaged young people are particularly exposed to exploitation, a risk which is reinforced by a lack of formal education and career opportunities. The TUI Academy Thailand focuses on promoting child protection and preventing child labour, as well as creating opportunities in the tourism industry for unemployed young people in the popular travel and tourism destinations of Phan Nga and Phuket.

The TUI Academy Thailand focuses on preventing the sexual exploitation of children and young people in Phuket and Phang Nga through multi-stakeholder engagement and promoting due diligence processes amongst the private sector. It offers sustainable, decent economic opportunities to young people through its vocational training model.

The project offers 150 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and who may be at risk of exploitation, a vocational training course to prepare them for work in the tourism hospitality sector. The training includes the opportunity to do an internship at the Robinson Khao Lak hotel where they will also be coached in personal progression and development. On successful completion of the training, students receive an official qualification.

Additionally, 150 children aged 5-17 receive age-appropriate life skills training and 350 tourism professionals are being trained on child protection, gender, the prevention and combat of sexual exploitation and decent work aspects.

To strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration, 200 participants from local government and tourism businesses will join multi-stakeholder workshops to promote due diligence processes in the tourism value chain and protect children and young people against sexual exploitation. 


Plan International Nederland

Plan International is a development cooperation organization that is active worldwide in more than 75 countries and is committed to vulnerable children in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, with a special focus on girls and young women. Plan International does this by dismantling the disadvantaged position of girls and young women so that they have the same opportunities and rights as boys. This is how Plan International works to better the lives for vulnerable children and young people in countries worldwide, with the support of thousands of sponsors, companies and (institutional) donors.

Defence for Children – ECPAT

Defence for Children promotes the rights of the child in the Netherlands and worldwide, by providing information on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, investigating violations of these rights and protecting the collective and individual interests of children. Defence for Children is part of the international ECPAT network that focuses on protecting children against all forms of sexual exploitation.  |

Robinson Club (Khao Lak)

ROBINSON is Germany‘s quality and market leader for club holidays within the premium segment.  Offering a unique holiday experience in 26 resorts across fifteen countries, the ROBINSON Clubs become a second home for all those who are looking for more than just a conventional holiday destination. ROBINSON has been delivering premium club holidays for more than 50 years and is part of the TUI Group based in Hanover, Germany.

Funding note:

The TUI Academy Thailand is co-financed by Fund against Child Labour, commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is implemented together with TUI Care Foundation, Plan International, Defence for Children ECPAT and ROBINSON Khao Lak.

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