Rethinking Wildlife Tourism

Online Events | Meet the Experts

Rethinking Wildlife Tourism

Online Events | Meet the Experts

Demand for more sustainable and responsible holidays is rising, but animal welfare remains a missing piece. Today, an estimated 550,000 wild animals are being exploited to entertain holidaymakers around the world. Moreover, household travel brands are profiting from this cruelty and unnecessary captivity.

We recently brought together 300+ travel professionals to drive change within the tourism industry.

Knowing that 550,000 wild animals are still being exploited to entertain holidaymakers this group of travel businesses was not taking the easy road. Blaming the system, or government, making excuses, or reeling off the obstacles. Instead, this group of travel professionals is unifying to demand change.

A LIVE event: ‘Rethinking Wildlife Tourism’ was not only groundbreaking, but it stayed true to our mission. Sharing knowledge to empower hearts and minds, with less ‘talk’, and far more action.

This wildlife tourism event has now come and gone. But you can still catch the recording below. At 9 minutes in you’ll hear the 5 most common justifications for captive marine parks.

  • Find out above which travel brands are still failing marine wildlife and profiting from captive cruelty
  • Feel empowered and inspired by ‘transformation stories’ shared by travel agents in this video
  • Hear not only of the problems but of the exciting solutions that already exist with Holly Tuppen
  • Don’t be fooled. Get the answers to the 5 most commonly heard justifications for captive dolphins

How can YOU as a travel professional create change and get better informed?

Firstly, join the wave of travel agents calling travel giant TUI to stop selling captive dolphin entertainment around the world (see image below). It’s easy and quick to make a HUGE difference, simply add your name here>

Secondly, tune into ‘The Last Tourist’ on Amazon, Apple TV or YouTube – You’ll never look at travel in the same way again and will feel 10 times more empowered by knowing the truths

Finally, schedule a night in to watch the unmissable movie Blackfish on Netflix, hear the accounts from ex-trainers at Sea World, and learn what the reality of captive dolphins and whales is really like.

From captive dolphins to elephants. Grow your knowledge and be a part of this exciting movement by securing your seat for ‘part 2’ of Rethinking Wildlife Tourism here.

300+ Travel Professionals Unite In Their Call For Change

“Traveling sustainably is about aspiring to improve places for people and nature. When done well, tourism can be an amazing vehicle to fund the protection or regeneration of nature and support local jobs that do more good than harm, both socially and environmentally.

However, when done badly it can be extractive – damaging natural resources through construction or pollution, and damaging local lives through over-tourism. It can also be greedy – pocketing profit for a few, and serving the needs of international businesses or shareholders rather than locals. 

Captive wildlife experiences mostly fall into this latter category. It might give visitors a quick hit thrill, but ultimately they are not designed to bring benefit to people and place on a larger scale.

Holly Tuppen, Sustainable Travel Writer of The Year

The good news is your journey need not end here. You can secure your seat for ‘Rethinking Wildlife Tourism Part 2’ here. Discover more stories below OR grow your knowledge with our Trustpilot-rated online masterclass here.

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