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Wildlife and tourism; transforming an industry

Category
Convention Awards

Date
March 8, 2019

Time
11:00 - 12:00

Location
Palais am Funkturm, ITB Convention Awards

How travel industry leadership and support is vital in phasing out captive wildlife being exploited for tourism entertainment.

Hosted by World Animal Protection

  • Featuring a short documentary about the transition of the first elephant riding camp to become an observation only elephant-friendly venue
  • Launching the latest report about marine mammals in captivity with author and well-known marine mammal scientist and expert, Dr. Naomi Rose.

This event will showcase the issue of captive wildlife used for entertainment, and the essential role the travel industry can play in supporting change and solutions that will benefit wildlife, travellers and those whose livelihoods depend on tourism. Highlights will include the premiere of a documentary following the journey of the first elephant camp in Thailand to transform its business to being observation only elephant friendly, with narration from key stakeholders in the travel industry. Key findings will also be presented from the latest report on marine mammals in captivity, highlighting their plight in tourist entertainment, followed by a discussion on how we can work together to bring positive change to this industry.


Panel guests:

Isabel Beckermann, Regional Manager EMEA, Booking.com Experiences

Naomi Dr. Rose, Marine Mammal Scientist, Animal Welfare Institute

Jan Dr. Schmidt Burbach, Global Wildlife Advisor, World Animal Protection

Nick Stewart, Global Head of Campaign, World Animal Protection