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Expedia to remove wildlife attractions

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OTA to also launch website giving travellers detailed info
Expedia says it will remove a number of wildlife animal shows from its websites and other distribution channels in a two-pronged move that mirrors TripAdvisor’s policy change last year.
Over the next few months, Expedia will work with wildlife and animal protection groups – including The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, US Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, Born Free Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International – to undertake a “thorough review” of wildlife attractions offered on its website.
The OTA also plans to launch the Wildlife Tourism Education Portal later this year to give travellers detailed information about animal-related activities offered through Expedia.
This will include information on whether an activity involves human interactions, providing links to allow travellers to learn more about wildlife tourism and animal welfare, participate in the conversation and take action.
“As travellers, it is important that we know more about the places we go, the activities we engage in and the ways in which we leave lasting impacts on our destinations. As we help people go places, we want to help them do it thoughtfully, and responsibly,” Expedia’s Jen O’Twomney explained.
TTG Asia

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