On December 14th, 2016, Eviva Tour and many companies signed a pledge to support the fight against illegal wildlife transportation and trade at the seminar “Vietnam tourism businesses are committed to combating wild plants and animals trade and consumption” which was organized by TRAFFIC at Nikko Hotel, Hanoi.
This illegal act has long severely affected the safety and security of animals in numerous countries, in which Vietnam is one of the hotspots for wildlife trade in the world. Besides, the number of tourist arrivals in Vietnam has continued to rise rapidly every year, since some travelers might require to try unique dishes or buy items made from wildlife due to self-expression and curiosity; therefore, it contains potential risks of abetting this behavior. To solve this problem, tourism businesses need to propagate and persuade travelers to change their behavior.
In the seminar, TRAFFIC’s Vietnam representative, Ms. Nguyen Tuyet Trinh shared: “When these tourism firms pioneer such activity, it will not only promote social responsibility among the business community, but also directly prevent illegal transportation and trade of wild plants and animals in Vietnam and other regions of the world.”
“As part of the commitment to responsible tourism around the world, RTC, together with Eviva, participated in this signing ceremony and appealed to other businesses, interested individuals to join us. This movement contributes to an official commitment to responsible tourism, which will go hand in hand with action.” according to Ms. Nguyen Thuy Duong, Vice President at Eviva Tour Vietnam and President at RTC.
About TRAFFIC and TRC
Founded in 1976 as a strategic alliance of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
The Responsible Travel Club of Vietnam (RTC), which was established in 2009, is an association of travel agencies, NGOs, and individuals dedicated to building, practicing & developing responsible travel for sustainable growth in tourism in all regions in Vietnam.