Further to, in the bid to halt the over $23 billion illegal wildlife trade, the WTTC and WWF on 11 October 2018, hosted another international conference to raise even more international public awareness about the dastard effects of illegal wildlife trading on Tourism destinations and sustainable economic development. The WTTC, WWF and other partners, including Google and C-trip participated in the event, held in London, as a worldwide drive to stop the illegal wildlife trade was backed by more than 100 travel businesses, associations, media outlets, NGOs and tourism destinations.
Accodingly, the WTTC has launched a new “Changemakers” category in its annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme to showcase companies who are leading the way in fighting illegal wildlife trade through tourism. Applications for entries closes November 14.
In this regard, posts on from WTTC Twitter handle reads that, "this year, there are new and revised categories for the #T4TAwards including, The Social Impact Award, The Destination Stewardship Award, The Climate Action Award, The investing in People Award and finally, The Changemakrers Award."
Also speaking at the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Conference in London, Gloria Guevara, the President and Chief Executive of the WTTC, said “Travel and tourism generates 313 million jobs each year and accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP."
She added that, “Wildlife is a key driver of tourism activity and job creation, particularly in countries across Africa, Asia and South America and protecting endangered species is vital for the sustainable future of our sector and those whose livelihoods depend on it. In addition, with 1.3 billion international travellers each year there is an enormous opportunity to educate our consumers on how they can support the global fight against illegal wildlife trade.”
This latest WTTC event has been a huge success and is still trending on the social media with several hashtags including #IWT18, #IWTConference2018, #EndWildlifeCrime, #WorthMoreAlive