Our position today
Excursions that allow people to see and learn about animals remain very popular with our customers. There are also significant socio-economic benefits for destinations from animal-related excursions. This benefit is particularly relevant in developing countries where we are committed to help communities thrive. Our market research shows that the protection of wild animals is important to a majority of holidaymakers, as is the view that animal-related excursions should meet global welfare standards. These points define the position we hold today:
- Adherence to the Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism is a component of all supplier contracts.
- Our auditing programme continues to prioritise an independent audit against the Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism as a prerequisite for continuing to be a supplier of animal excursions for TUI Group.
- We continue to direct significant levels of funding to the TUI Care Foundation, to help support their animal protection initiatives.
- We seek to more frequently offer our customers animal friendly excursions where they can see animals in the most natural of environments.
- We continue our programme of training on animal welfare issues among employees.
We support an end to the capture from the wild of animals for shows or entertainment.