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Thu, 11 March 2021

Elephant (ช้าง) Conservation, Jungle Bubbles and Tourism in Thailand - Interview with John Roberts

(11 Mar 2021) During the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group's (MeTAG) inaugural Experts Call on 10 March 2021, John Roberts, Director of the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) in Thailand, said he was concerned that in the rush to restart tourism, the hospitality industry may forget lessons learned from when nature was given a chance to rejuvenate away from mass tourism.

To ask him more about those thoughts, Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com interviewed John over Skype on 11 March 2021, almost a year since their last official chat which took place at the Anantara Riverside just before the start of the Elephant Boat Race and Bangkok River Festival on 28 February 2020.

Jungle Bubble and elephants at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Click to enlarge.

In this interview, Steven asks what GTAEF has planned for Thailand's National Elephant Day on 13 March, and how the important work they do helping elephants has been affected by the global COVID19 pandemic.

We discuss hotels throughout Thailand and what they can do to help elephants, John tells us whether the Jungle Bubbles at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort have been a success, what they are, and whether they are still open.

John also shares his thoughts on whether sustainable tourism is a realistic vision and how he thinks the tourism and hospitality industries can work together with conservation projects to help protect the environment. All that and much, much more in the video and podcast below.

Elephant Conservation, Jungle Bubbles and Tourism in Thailand - Interview with John Roberts of GTAEF

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Editor's note: As the above video interview was conducted over the internet, I would like to apologise that the audio and visual quality are not up to the same HD/UHD quality that it normally would be. Hopefully it won't be too long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank you.

See also: What is the IATA Travel Pass and what does it mean to travellers and the global travel industry? Interview with Vinoop Goel, IATA's Regional Director Airports and External Relations - Asia Pacific.

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