EVENTS

7th Annual CABI RVC Symposium: Animal Welfare and Tourism

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Location: AITO HQ, 18 Bridle Lane, Twickenham TW1 3EG

Inspiring Better Animal Welfare in Tourism

AITO is pleased to offer members a FREE workshop at AITO HQ, hosted by ANIMONDIAL – animal tourism experts and co-authors of the ABTA Guidelines for Animal Welfare in Tourism.

 
The workshop will aim to explore how we can better navigate animal welfare in our industry to create best practice. You will have the opportunity to understand the issues and how to prevent potential reputational damage by offering appropriate animal-based product that enhance your business.

NUMBERS ARE LIMITED. To reserve your place, please contact Helen by email or call 07921 133005.

Background

 
Elephant riding, animal sanctuaries, swimming with dolphins, rodeo and visiting a zoo: animals are a popular part of many holiday experiences. When managed appropriately, animals can certainly enhance the holiday experience, however, at times the tourism industry has been associated with practices which are deemed exploitative or which compromise the welfare of the animals involved. Some travel businesses have been criticised, reputations have been damaged and custom has declined.

A public poll in 2017 indicated 71% of travellers surveyed said they were more likely to buy holidays from companies that care for animals. This makes it vitally important that travel businesses carefully consider the animal attractions they offer, but moreover, play their part in tackling poor practice.

By attending the free seminar, you will:

  • Understand how, and by how much, tourism practices can impact on animals;
  • Learn how to identify and manage the associated risk of your animal-based product;
  • Receive answers to your questions on your recurring animal issues and concerns;
  • Replace don’t remove; working with your DMCs to select inspiring animal product;
  • Gain an insight into how an animal welfare commitment will boost sales;
  • See how to best to communicate and inspire employees and customers.

NUMBERS ARE LIMITED. To reserve your place, please contact Helen by email or call 07921 133005.


7th Annual CABI RVC Symposium: Animal Welfare and Tourism

13 JUNE 2018

Location: London South Bank University

7th Annual CABI RVC Symposium: Tourism and Animal Welfare

A 21st century dilemma for veterinarians, animal welfare organisations, tourists
and the tourism industry

 
This symposium featured our very own Daniel Turner, It brought together experts from both the tourism and veterinary worlds to examine the science, economics and welfare issues involved in the use of animals in tourism, and to discuss how animal welfare in tourist settings can be improved.

Speakers included:

Don Broom, University of Cambridge
Glen Cousquer, University of Edinburgh
Clare Jenkinson, Senior Destinations & Sustainability Manager, ABTA
Tom Moorhouse, University of Oxford
Stuart Patterson, Royal Veterinary College

Chaired by Maria Diez-Leon, Royal Veterinary College