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Chinese tourist elephant rides on the wane

Chinese tourist elephant rides on the wane

SHANGHAI: Chinese tourists are less likely to ride elephants in Thailand and prefer wildlife-friendly tours, according to a report by the World Animal Protection (WAP) China quoted by Global Times on Monday.

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By TTR Weekly

Friday 16 August 2019, 09:02AM


Photo: via TTR Weekly

Photo: via TTR Weekly

To mark Elephant Day (Aug 12) China’s Global Times weighed in with details of the report that claims there has been a significant drop in Chinese tourists who ride elephants and watch elephant shows in Thailand.

The report says elephant rides dropped 13% and watching elephant show declined 26% since 2016.

WAP interviewed tourists visiting Thailand from 15 main tourist-source counties. It concluded that 37% of Chinese tourists think that riding an elephant is acceptable, 8% fewer than in 2017 and lower than the global average of 41%.

About 77% of the Chinese interviewed said they would rather see animals in the wild, while 81% agreed that tour agencies should avoid activities that cause sufferings to wild animals.

“The drop in Chinese tourists riding elephants and watching elephant shows is another piece of good news after China banned the ivory trade in 2017,” WAP China said.

Thai Residential

Chinese tourists account for 28% of international tourists, visiting Thailand.

In 2015, the WAP launched a campaign to promote the idea that “wildlife is not a plaything,” while asking tour agencies to stop promoting tours that could harm wildlife. They are encouraged to promote sustainable animal-friendly tourism.

By the end of July, 15 Chinese tour agencies among 240 companies worldwide – joined the campaign and promised to remove wildlife attractions, including elephant rides and show. Five of the Chinese companies also signed a wildlife-friendly tourism intent statement, the report said.

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