ACTE Continues to Highlight ECPAT’s Work

As an ECPAT-USA partner, ACTE has spread awareness of the role travel associates play in combating human trafficking and child exploitation since joining the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) in 2013.

The Code is a set of six guidelines travel companies implement to help them put in place policies and procedures to fight child exploitation. As a trade association that creates meaningful dialogue through education, advocacy, and research for the global corporate travel community, ACTE’s main goal is to raise awareness and educate members about how they can partner with ECPAT to protect children.

This April, ACTE Global spread their message a bit further by partnering with American Express Global Business Travel to raise awareness through a survey in their Modern Business Traveller series. For each survey participant, ACTE Global donated $2 to ECPAT-USA, with American Express Global Business Travel matching the donation for a total of $800.

“ACTE believes in the importance of creating awareness of ECPAT and their efforts to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children, said Greeley Koch, Executive Director of ACTE. “We strive to create awareness through our events and by organizing charitable donations for the completion of industry surveys. No step is too large or too small for working together to create a meaningful impact and shed light on this important issue.”

ECPAT-USA’s Director of Private Sector Engagement, Michelle Guelbart, will join corporate travel expert, Jennifer Keltner and Carinne Saulet, VP of Brand and Global Marketing for Carlson Wagonlit Travel at ACTE’s 2018 New York City Global Summit & Corporate Lodging Forum on May 1st for an education session for ACTE members.

ECPAT-USA thanks ACTE and American Express Global Business Travel for their support in creating a world where no child is bought, sold, or used for sex.

HRS Encourages Business Travel Industry to Combat Child Trafficking


On April 24th, during the travel industry conference, ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives), HRS Global Hotel Solutions launched a joint campaign to focus on how the travel industry can combat trafficking. This is the second consecutive year HRS used space at their trade show booth to shine a light on ECPAT-USA's work to create a world where no child is bought, sold, or used for sex.

ECPAT-USA's executive director, Carol Smolenski, spoke on the main stage of ACTE, where she highlighted the growth of ECPAT-USA's partnerships with the travel industry since ACTE first got involved 4 years ago.

In the trade show portion of ACTE, HRS collected 200 business cards in a “card harvest” for ECPAT-USA.  Corporate travel industry members enthusiastically supported the campaign by “Giving up a Card for ECPAT,”  where conference attendees showed their support for ECPAT by posting their cards up for all attendees to see. HRS then made a donation of $1,000 that was presented directly to ECPAT’s executive director Carol Smolenski.

To learn more about ECPAT-USA's work with private sector engagement, click here.