Traffic: Responsible travel promoted through “Wild Africa” salon
Beijing, China, March 2017—Last week, TRAFFIC, WWF and Qyer co-hosted a “Wild Africa” salon on the theme of “Being a Responsible Traveller”, aimed at Chinese citizens interested in visiting destinations in Africa.
The 200 studio participants were joined by more than 120,000 others following online via live streaming. Qyer is a popular online travel service supplier of outbound tourism. This joint event was initiated by Qyer and was the first in a series of four workshops to be delivered by the three organizations throughout 2017.
During the event, TRAFFIC’s Li Chenyang spoke about how to be a responsible traveller by not buying illegal wildlife products. She talked about the current poaching and illegal trade in parts of rhinos, elephants and pangolins in Africa as a result of consumer demand and highlighted the efforts underway to save these species in the field. She warned any would-be travellers about the legal risk of trafficking wildlife products and encouraged those visiting Africa to seek out environmentally friendly gifts and souvenirs.