The Code is a tourism industry-funded initiative, made up of stakeholders from various interest groups, with the mission of raising awareness in the tourism sector and providing tools and support to combat the sexual exploitation of children in connection with travel and tourism. The initiative takes into account six criteria which form the Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industry. mascontour signed the Code of Conduct in March 2020.
Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C) is convinced that tourism can and must play a pioneering role worldwide in the protection and sustainable use of nature reserves, as hardly any other industry is so dependent on intact nature. LT&C aims to establish a global network of experts, to promote the exchange of experience and knowledge and to identify or develop positive examples that benefit both tourism and nature conservation in protected areas.
The DRV is the largest organisation of travel agencies and tour operators in Germany. The association represents the interests of medium-sized and large companies in the travel industry towards service providers in Germany and abroad as well as German, European and international politics. It is also actively committed to sustainable tourism. Matthias Beyer is a member of the DRV Sustainability Committee. The committee's aim is to encourage tour operators and travel agencies to use natural resources sparingly and manage their businesses in an environmentally-friendly manner, as well as providing assistance in this regard. In addition, the committee is committed to environmentally- and socially-responsible tourism in the destinations.
The GSTC is the world's most important institution for establishing sustainability standards in destinations, hotels and tour operators. In order to improve the verifiability, transparency and credibility of existing certification systems in tourism, the GSTC has developed global minimum standards for sustainable tourism. Certification systems can be accredited in a three-stage process and thus prove that they comply with these minimum standards.
ECPAT (working group for the protection of children against sexual exploitation) is a nationwide association of 29 institutions and groups. The working group is committed to ensuring that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is observed, that causes of disregard are identified and that violations are prosecuted with all available means. In addition, ECPAT is involved in various areas of work (politics, justice, economy and education) and carries out campaigns and projects in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organisations to raise public awareness, develop preventive measures and create a legal basis for the protection of children.
The federal working group of lecturers for training in tourism is a non-profit association and registered lobby association of the German Bundestag. It includes an interdisciplinary network of tourism experts who are committed to professional training and quality in tourism. It is the only Europe-wide "Trainers in Tourism Network". The network cooperates at home and abroad with educational institutions and organisations that carry out measures for tourism qualification and quality assurance.
GATE is committed to socially and environmentally responsible travel. The association orients itself towards ethnological perspectives and points of view to promote intercultural dialogue between travellers and host communities as well as mutual understanding. GATE organises specialist conferences and seminars at schools and regularly organises a Jour Fixe on selected topics relating to sustainable tourism in Berlin.