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Nepal Footprint Holiday Nepal, a well known booking agent, has decided not to book tours with businesses that employ elephants for Safari riding. For more info, see this news update. Kudos to the team there!
STA Travel, after consulting PETA, in May 2014 announced its decision to stop elephant rides. The company provides flights, accommodation, tours and expeditions for 2.5 million students and young people each year. By doing so, the company, with 230 branches around the world, is setting an example for the global travel industry.
Entrepid Travel in May 2014 followed STA Travel and announced an end to elephant safaris. On its website Entrepid explained that the feedback from travellers was overwhelmingly positive. Intrepid Travel is part of PEAK’s Intrepid Group of companies, alongside leading small group adventure companies Peregrine, Geckos, Peregrine Reserve, Adventure Tours and The Adventure Company.
TUI Holland, together with WSPA and WWF Holland in 2011 launched a campaign against elephant suffering in the tourism industry. Hoping to act as a role model, TUI decided to remove tourism activities involving elephants from its tours in Nepal and Thailand. TUI owns Arke, Holland International, Kras,ROBINSON, KidsWorldClub, Goed Idee Reizen, Extravacanza, Wedding Unlimited en Lastminute.nl. TUI also owns flight carrier Arkefly.