Expedia removes wildlife bookings

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 26 July 2017: Elephant rides, swimming with dolphins and getting pally with drugged tigers are heading for the exit as major travel websites remove interactive wildlife bookings from their inventory.

Travelocity was the first to pull the plug on interactive wildlife bookings and by late last week Expedia followed.

Expedia announced that it is withdrawing bookings for some wildlife activities immediately and will make a full review of all activities linked to wildlife based on guidance from wildlife protection groups. Read more

Elephant kills its handler

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, News

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE, 26 July 2017: An elephant that gave tourist rides in the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls trampled his professional handler to death, the local tour operators’ association said Tuesday.

Enock Kufandanda, 50, was killed on Saturday by a bull elephant called “Mbanje” (“marijuana” in the local Shona language).

Parks and wildlife authority rangers shot and killed the elephant, reported to be about 30 years old, soon after it charged and killed Kufandanda. Read more

Thailand’s most popular parks

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 17 July 2017: Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports park visits reached over 15.3 million during October 2016 to June 2017.

Released last Thursday, the department’s figures showed 15,327,573 visitors visited 150 national parks nationwide and generated THB1,866,521,223 in revenue during October 2016 to June 2017.

Of all visits, 10,874,487 were by Thais and 4,453,086 by foreigners, who pay more than double the price to enter parks. In terms of revenue, the two markets are almost on par. Read more

TripAdvisor bans bookings for wildlife shows

October 13, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 13 October 2016: Hundreds of animal attractions where tourists come into physical contact with captive wild animals, or endangered species, will no longer be bookable on TripAdvisor or Viator, the popular review site announced, Wednesday.

With endorsements from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), TripAdvisor will create a wildlife tourism education portal for travellers in partnership with top accredited trade groups, conservation organisations, academic experts, tourism experts, and animal welfare groups.

They include the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ABTA – The Travel Association, Global Wildlife Conservation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), Sustainable Travel International, The TreadRight Foundation, Think Elephants International, Asian Elephant Support, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and World Animal Protection (WAP). Read more