Elephant tourism is a growing attraction in many countries across Asia and Africa and is popular with tourists from many origins. As elephants are no longer used in the logging industry in Asia, elephant tourism has grown rapidly, providing the only viable way that elephants and their owners can generate income. Old logging camps were developed into sanctuaries for some elephants, but many other camps were established as entertainment centers, with various welfare issues resulting for the elephants and their mahouts. The profits from elephant tourism in Asia have encouraged African operators to follow a similar business model.
This book draws attention to the need for a comprehensive and rigorous focus on local solutions to improve the welfare of captive elephants and tourists' experiences of elephant tourism, to the benefit of local communities by:
The Elephant Tourism Business
- Critically reviewing recent research into elephant tourism
- Providing contemporary analytical case studies of elephant tourism policy and practice
- Identifying future research priorities
will contribute to a better understanding of how elephant tourism is organized, regulated and promoted, both in tourist origin countries and in elephant areas. It identifies priorities for future research into elephant tourism and provides a unique, authoritative resource for researchers, elephant managers and administrators, and tourism managers in this developing area of international concern. The book will be of interest to academics and practitioners with backgrounds in conservation, environment, tourism and veterinary sciences.
1: Personal Experiences of Elephant Tourism1: Managing the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp. Eric Laws Interviews John Edward Roberts.2: PATA and Jetwing. John Koldowski Interviews Chi Lo and Senal Siriwardene3: The Elephant in the Room: an Auto Ethnographic Approach. Vinathe Sharma Brymer and Eric Brymer.2: Expectations and Experiences of Interactions with Elephants4: Drivers of Elephant Tourism in Thailand. Bongkosh Rittichainuwat, Noel Scott and Eric Laws.5: Visitor Expectations and Behaviours at Elephant Camps. Saranphat Chotmanakul and Somyot Onghlualp6: Alternative Forms of Elephant Tourism. Susanna Curtin and Charlotte Day7: Elephant Visitor Preferences and Experiences in Sri Lanka. Ramona Strödecke and Nicole Häusler.3: Ethical and Moral Perspectives8: Moral Tensions for Elephant Visitors. Anja Pabel and Mucha Mkono9: The Valuation of Ethical Encounters with Elephants. Quingmong Cui and Honggang Xu10: Community, Collaboration, Elephant Conservation and Protection. Liv Baker, Sarah Blaine and Rebecca Winkler11: Conservation-based Elephant Tourism: an Importance-Performance Analysis. Daminda Sumanpala, Nilakshi Galahtiyawe and Isabelle Wolf.4: Frameworks for Modern Elephant Tourism Management12: The Effectiveness of Elephant Welfare Regulations in India. Sumanth Bindumadhav, Alakparna Sengupta and Shilapa Mahbubani.13: Elephant Tourism Conservation and the Need for a New Strategy: Thai Stakeholder Attitudes. Ann Suwaree Ashton.14: Elephant Tourism, the ABTA Animal Welfare Guidelines. Claire Jenkinson5: Elephants and Their Stories15: A Case Study of Elephant Venue Narratives. Jeffrey Dale Hobbs and Pienpeng Na Pattalung16: The Valuation of Elephant Sightings in Protected Areas. Andrea and Melville Saayman17: Social Media: a Proxy Voice of Elephants. Kannapa Pongponrat and Naphawan Chantradoan6: What Next? Proxy Voices for Elephants18: Modernising Human-Elephant Interactions. Andrew McLean19: Validating a Captive Elephant Welfare Index. Vivek Gurswamy and Clive Phillips20: Promoting Elephant Friendly Tourism. Marjorie Van Strien and Jan Schmidt-Burback21: The Paradox of Elephant Friendly Tourism. Daniel Turner and Naut Kusters22: Conclusion. Xavier Font, Noel Scott, John Koldowski and Eric Laws.23: Postscript. COVID-19 and The Elephant Tourism Business, a Preliminary Analysis. Eric Laws, John Koldowski, Xavier Font, Noel Scott, Taweepoke Angkawanish, Nina Brask , Daniel Turner, Bongkosh Rittichainuwat and Suphaporn Rattanaphinanchai
Tourism; elephant tourism; origins of elephant tourism; captive elephant welfare; animals as tourist attractions; wildlife viewing; sustainability; ethics; environmental responsibility; elephant industry regulation; elephant industry organisation; tourist expectations of elephant visits; tourist experiences of elephant visits; mahout traditions and skills; elephants in local culture; elephant tourism - veterinary science perspectives