Over recent years there has been a surge in Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT). The UN World Wildlife Crime Report shows that over 7,000 species of animals and plants from across all regions are impacted, and this illegal trade is estimated to be worth up to $20 billion annually.
Flora and fauna are often key drivers of Travel & Tourism activity and as such it is in the interest of the sector to support initiatives to combat the illegal trade in them. There are many initiatives taking place around the world at ground level. The World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) aim is to provide a coordinated, high level approach from the sector as a whole.
In April 2018, WTTC launched the Travel & Tourism Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade, a commitment made by our Members to participate actively in the global fight against illegal wildlife trade. Six months on, we have received support from over 100 CEOs of global Travel & Tourism companies.
In October 2018, WTTC partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to drive industry action. WTTC will create industry guidelines for Members and the wider industry to encourage the adoption of a Zero Tolerance Policy for IWT.
Alongside this, WTTC, WWF and other partners including Google and C-trip are working on ambitious plan to use digital technology and the power of the Travel & Tourism signatories’ distribution networks to change behaviour of 1 billion travellers. Watch the video to find out more.
Join the movement by contributing content, funding, data and your networks to make every journey count. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to combat illegal wildlife trade.
This report provides an estimation of the global economic contribution of Wildlife Tourism.