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Wildlife encounters are one of the most exciting and memorable experiences you can have, but your safety and the animal’s welfare should be your highest priority.

Here are some tips on how to have an exhilarating and responsible wildlife experience:

  • If you can, visit animals in the wild or in sanctuaries where they are kept in the most natural conditions possible. If you’re looking for a more affordable option such as a zoo, do some research on the establishment’s stance on animal welfare before you purchase a ticket.

 

  • Don’t use animals as photo props. Critters such as the slow loris are adorable, but they get distressed when held; therefore, no matter how cute or seemingly harmless, avoid the urge to treat wild animals as cuddly toys.

 

  • Check if your tour operator has taken adequate measures to ensure safety for you and the wildlife. You can reduce uncertainty by booking tours through tour operators that have special accreditations, that show they follow sustainable tourism practices, such as PATA members Khiri and Buffalo Tours.

 

  • Appreciate animals just as they are and respect them. Some attractions may have your favourite creatures behaving in a way they normally wouldn’t in the wild. It’s best to avoid supporting such activities, as it is difficult to access whether the training methods used to tame the animals are responsible or not.

 

 

Spend sustainably because your refusal to engage in potentially dubious activities will bring down the business that profits at the expense of wildlife.

For more background information on the role of elephants in Asia and animal welfare, visit the links below:

If you’d like a more thorough understanding of animal welfare in tourism, check out ABTA’s Animal Welfare Guidelines.

 

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The purpose of the study was to provide a comprehensive view of backpacker trends applicable to Australia leading to: short term strategies for capturing market share; longer term plans for optimal Australian and regional well being in the context of triple bottom line considerations.

by Philip L Pearce, Laurie Murphy and Eric Brymer

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Evolution of the Backpacker Market and the Potential for Australian Tourism

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International Visitor Safety

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The National Visitor Safety Program (NVSP) seeks to undertake timely and effective initiatives to ensure international visitors have a safe and enjoyable stay in Australia. To this end ready access to current data and information on visitor injuries and fatalities is critical. To assist in the process and to build upon previous research this study was initiated to work towards developing a system for gathering timely data related to the safety of international visitors.

by Tracey J. Dickson and Margot Hurrell

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International Visitor Safety

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This report aims to provide an overview of the tourism industry in Australia by drawing on a range of secondary data and expert commentary. It is intended that the report will provide the reader with an overview of how the industry is faring overall as well as in a number of key sectors.

by Liz Fredline and Leo Jago

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State of the Tourism Industry 2005

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers the Petermann region of Australia’s Northern Territory.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 Northern Territory: Petermann Region

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers the MacDonnell region of Australia’s Northern Territory.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 Northern Territory: MacDonnell Region

 

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers the Katherine region of Australia’s Northern Territory.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 Northern Territory: Katherine Region

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers the Darwin region of Australia’s Northern Territory.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 Northern Territory: Darwin Region

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers the Daly region of Australia’s Northern Territory.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 Northern Territory: Daly Region

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This domestic and international visitor profile covers the Arnhem region of Australia’s Northern Territory.

by Tourism Research Australia

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Regional Tourism Profiles 2008/09 Northern Territory: Arnhem Region

 

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