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Elephant camps in spotlight

Picture L-R: Nicolas Dubrocard, Project Director – Wild Asia; Jeniffer Peron,  Associate for Sustainability & Social Responsibility – PATA; Naut Kusters, General Manager – Travelife.

Delegates from tour operators and travel agents in Thailand joined a PATA Tour Operator Sustainability Working Group meeting on ‘Elephant camp standards’ hosted jointly by Travelife on January 27, 2017 at the PATA Engagement Hub in Bangkok.

The workshop focused upon the importance of applying best practices across the industry when considering elephant camps as potential attractions to offer to local and international visitors. Delegates received an update from Nicolas Dubrocard from Wild Asia – a PATA sustainability partner – on the first stage of a study that examined eight elephant camps in Thailand.

PATA and Travelife for Tour Operators signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2014 designed to promote sustainable practices amongst the tour operating communities in Asia. Travelife, a Dutch not-for-profit organisation operated by ECEAT is dedicated to making holidays more sustainable by working with travel businesses around the world to help them to improve their social, economic and environmental impacts.

Businesses that prove they meet the Travelife sustainability criteria can become Travelife certified, helping them to promote their achievements to others. Read more about the PATA/Travelife partnership here.