Saturday, 19 July 2014

Writers shun convention that offers dolphinarium visits

A row breaks out as travel writers and bloggers threaten to boycott a travel writer’s convention in Mexico because the organisers have arranged activities that include swimming with, training, or being pulled by dolphins.

The TBEX convention, being held in Cancun in September, describes itself as "the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, and social media savvy travel industry professionals.”

However this decision has caused outrage among journalists.

Michael Huxley, from Bemused, said: "As professional travel writers and bloggers who have influence in the travel and gap year industry,
we have a responsibility to hold ourselves and our profession up to a higher standard when it comes to wildlife tourism by not supporting any activity, excursion or organisation that exploits or harms animals for tourist pleasure.

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