Animals in tourism
There is a very strong link between tourism and animals.
In many tourism destinations around the world, opportunities to view or interact with wildlife are commonly offered and very popular with a large number of consumers.
Whilst tourism can be a means for positive interactions between tourists and animals, where such attractions are not carefully managed or do not exhibit best practice there is the potential that such attractions can jeopardise animal welfare or the customer experience.
In recognition of this and as part of our commitment to achieve Better holidays to live to and visit, in 2010 ABTA established both an animal welfare working group and an industry animal welfare strategy in an industry first move.
The Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism is available by clicking the download button. Other manuals, shown below, are available to ABTA Members and their suppliers within the Member Zone of the website. If you’re not an ABTA Member but would like to learn more about the other guidance materials, please email us at email@example.com.
The manuals chart a set of minimum requirements designed to assist in improving animal welfare as well as phasing out poor practice. Recently launched, ABTA is now working with its Members and tourism destinations around the world to ensure that they use the manuals to help raise standards of welfare across the world.
The remaining Specific Guidance Manuals - Animals in Captive Environments, Dolphins in Captive Environments, Elephants in Captive Environments, Wildlife Viewing, Working Animals and Unacceptable and Discouraged Practices - are only available within the Members area of the ABTA website.
If you are not a Member of ABTA and would like to discuss purchasing the Specific Guidance Manuals, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Footnote –  World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Terrestrial Animal Health Code 2010.