Articles tagged “animals”

Airbnb Launches Its First Animal-Friendly Experiences Category

Airbnb Launches Its First Animal-Friendly Experiences Category

Jasmine Ganaishlal, Skift

Airbnb Experiences continues to expand as the company launches its first animal-friendly category. The company encourages animal lovers to put away their tech devices with the funny dog videos and connect with wildlife in a safer environment. It's just good business for Airbnb too.

1 month ago

TripAdvisor to End Ticket Sales to Attractions Featuring Captive Marine Mammals

TripAdvisor to End Ticket Sales to Attractions Featuring Captive Marine Mammals

Spencer Lee, Skift

With its new policy, TripAdvisor is making a clear statement about the use of marine animals for entertainment. Will it be setting a trend for others to follow? Even more interesting will be seeing how companies like SeaWorld react.

1 month ago

Honduran Butterfly Farmer Puts Conservation Before Luxury at Ecolodge

Honduran Butterfly Farmer Puts Conservation Before Luxury at Ecolodge

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Many travelers don't realize that Honduras' ecotourism industry has a luxury side to it, but that doesn't mean conservation is an afterthought.

10 months ago

Airlines Research Animal Fat as Sustainable Alternative to Fossil Fuels

Airlines Research Animal Fat as Sustainable Alternative to Fossil Fuels

Samuel Robinson, Bloomberg

Airlines may want to cut fuel costs first and foremost, but reducing their carbon footprint is increasingly important as well.

12 months ago

Dolphin Tour Operator Is Fined in Hawaii for Harassing the Animals

Dolphin Tour Operator Is Fined in Hawaii for Harassing the Animals

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Given that the honor system hasn't worked, authorities are showing a (welcome) readiness to enforce rules to keep visitors from traumatizing dolphins. Meanwhile, socially conscious travel companies are increasingly limiting human interactions with captive animals.

2 years ago

TripAdvisor Stops Booking Activities With Captive Animals and Endangered Species

TripAdvisor Stops Booking Activities With Captive Animals and Endangered Species

Hannah Sampson, Skift

We expect there will be a lot of appeals — and that tourists who really want to swim with dolphins will just book that experience in another way. But TripAdvisor is trying to address a big issue, evolving issue in a measured, thoughtful way.

3 years ago

Puerto Rico Mayor Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages in Capital

Puerto Rico Mayor Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages in Capital

Associated Press

The reaction is San Juan should be carefully watched by regulators in New York City who have yet to fulfill their promise of banning similar horse-drawn carriage in Central Park.

5 years ago

NYC Mayor De Blasio Silent on Progress of Horse-Carriage Ban

NYC Mayor De Blasio Silent on Progress of Horse-Carriage Ban

Allyson Versprille and Henry Goldman, Bloomberg

De Blasio's silence is confirmation that he took up the contested issue as political tenet for the campaign. It's also a win for the city's tourism industry, of which the carriages are a large and visual part.

5 years ago

Service Dogs on Airplanes to Get More Scrutiny From Department of Transportation

Service Dogs on Airplanes to Get More Scrutiny From Department of Transportation

Samantha Drake, Skift

Passengers playing fast and loose with the rules in order to stay close to their pets and save a little money, too, further degrade the already degraded flying experience.

5 years ago

The Cruel Truth Behind Tourists’ Elephant Rides in Thailand

The Cruel Truth Behind Tourists’ Elephant Rides in Thailand

Roya Wolverson, Quartz

It will be difficult to quell demand for the popular elephant rides so activists' time would be better spent pushing for regulations that make it difficult for operators to run a business built on animal cruelty.

5 years ago

Teamsters Mobilize Against New York’s Horse-Carriage Ban

Teamsters Mobilize Against New York’s Horse-Carriage Ban

Edward Helmore, Guardian

Interestingly, opponents of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed horse-drawn carriage ban point out that the horses get a guaranteed five-week vacation on a farm every year. Americans would sign up for that on the spot.

5 years ago

The Blackfish Controversy Makes Waves at National Aquarium

The Blackfish Controversy Makes Waves at National Aquarium

Yvonne Wenger, Baltimore Sun

How big will the ripple effect be? And will it change how destinations promote animal attractions?

5 years ago