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.
Last week we saw more than 100+ travel professionals come together to call out and drive change within the tourism industry. Not blaming the system, or government, making excuses, or reeling off the obstacles. Instead, this group of passionate travel professionals is demanding change.
A LIVE event: ‘Rethinking Wildlife Tourism’ was not only groundbreaking, but it stayed true to the mission of Kiwano Travel: Sharing knowledge to empower more minds, with a focus on less talk, more action.
This wildlife tourism event has come and gone, but we’re only getting started. Click play to watch the recording OR gain insight into why we’re all sending this letter >
- Find out 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
Below are the useful links mentioned by our panel of experts in the above recording.
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>
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.
“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