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Ele­phant tour op­er­a­tors and travel agen­cies come to­gether for the Ele­phant Travel Mart 2018 at Khum Kan Toke in Chi­ang Mai on Fri­day, 1-5pm.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Save Ele­phant Foun­da­tion and Asian Ele­phant Pro­jects, this is the first-ever event held to raise aware­ness of the grow­ing global in­ter­est in eco­tourism and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties that ben­e­fit ele­phants, the en­vi­ron­ment and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The en­deav­our seeks to en­cour­age moves away from tra­di­tional forms of ele­phant tourism, such as ele­phant rid­ing and cir­cus shows, and in­stead move to­wards eth­i­cal ele­phant p tours of­fer­ing pro­grammes that are sus­tain­able and make the well-be­ing of ele­phants a pri­or­ity.

The new eco­tourism event is con­ceived by Save Ele­phant Foun­da­tion founder Sang­duen Chail­ert, who has worked tire­lessly for the well-be­ing of Thai­land’s na­tional an­i­mal. She hopes that the day brings peo­ple to­gether to dis­cuss how the travel in­dus­try can con­tinue to adapt and bet­ter meet the shift­ing de­mands of trav­ellers. “If eth­i­cal tour op­er­a­tors us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally sound prac­tices and tour agen­cies work to­gether in re­sponse to the de­mand for sus­tain­able eco­tourism in Thai­land, a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship can be achieved that will cre­ate wide­spread ben­e­fits for the ele­phants, the en­vi­ron­ment, small com­mu­ni­ties and the Thai econ­omy,” said Sang­duen.

There will be 30 booths rep­re­sent­ing the “Sad­dle Off” pro­jects pro­moted by Asian Ele­phant Pro­jects. Each booth will pro­vide de­tails about their project and hand out brochures and sou­venirs to vis­i­tors.

There will also be a lucky draw with prizes, in­clud­ing gift vouch­ers to visit the var­i­ous “Sad­dle Off” pro­jects through­out Chi­ang Mai.

In the evening, din­ner will be served and en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by pop­u­lar singers in­clud­ing Rose Sirinthip, Baitoey R-Siam, King The Star and Bow Ben­jasiri.

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