Expedia, Inc. today announced that activities involving certain wildlife animal interactions will no longer be bookable on its online travel sites. Relying on guidance from industry-leading wildlife and animal protection groups, Expedia will undertake a thorough review over the next few months and will remove activities from its websites and other distribution channels.
Today’s announcement coincides with the launch of a new initiative, committing the company to improving education for travellers about animal welfare. When it is launched later this year, travellers searching for animal-related activities will be presented with detailed information about specific activities offered through Expedia on a new Wildlife Tourism Education Portal.
Working in concert with globally-renowned and respected zoo, anti-animal trafficking and animal protection groups, such as The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, Born Free Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, Expedia is determined to place animal welfare and standards of care for animals involved in these wildlife activities at the forefront of the travel planning discussion.