Save Elephant Foundation in Collaboration with Asian Elephant Projects Hosts Elephant Travel Mart 2018 to Promote Ecotourism in Thailand
The event seeks to raise awareness of the growing interest in ecotourism among international travelers and to support those involved in the travel industry so that opportunities can be created that will benefit Thai elephants, the environment, and support local communities.
Chiang Mai, Thailand – December 1, 2018 – Elephant Travel Mart 2018 will be hosted by Save Elephant Foundation and Asian Elephant Projects at International Hall 2nd Floor, Khum Khan Toke, Chiang Mai on December 14. The event was conceived by Sangduen Chailert, founder of Save Elephant Foundation, in order to bring together ethical elephant tour operators and tour agencies (both Thai and foreign), to work together to take advantage of opportunities to expand ecotourism in Thailand.
Elephant tourism has long been associated with Thailand by travelers from around the globe and helps to attract millions of visitors to the country each year. However, there has been a growing trend away from traditional forms of elephant tourism that include elephant riding and shows towards ethical elephant tours offering programs that are sustainable and make the well-being of elephants a priority.
Ecotourism values promoting modes of travel with minimal impact on the environment are becoming more widespread across the globe, particularly among young people. A growing concern for the environment and for the welfare of animals is changing the landscape of tourism across many tourist destinations throughout the world – a positive change that presents significant opportunities. A goal of Elephant Travel Mart 2018 is to provide a venue to bring people together to discuss how the travel industry can continue to adapt to respond to this trend and better meet the shifting demands of travelers.
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