Wildlife, Safari & Conservation Summit

Converge > Connect > Change

The UK’s first Wildlife Safari & Conservation Summit is fast approaching on 11 October. It comes at a time when the travel industry, the country and the rest of the world are waking up to some of the challenges and issues caused by humans in the natural world.

The Wildlife Safari and Conservation Summit brings together relevant buyers and sellers in a marketplace event and discussion hubs, informative talks, engaging panel debates, keynote speakers and conference sessions at the Royal Hall, Harrogate.

Leading figures in the industry will come together to connect and discuss issues affecting the travel industry, wildlife tourism and conservation for a full-day summit, ending with a networking reception.

"By bringing leading experts and speakers together, the organisers are aiming to encourage travel companies, NGOs, charities and conservationists to come together to drive positive change"


Come together at this cutting edge world summit to discuss common issues affecting the world of wildlife tourism and conservation.


Join leading figures from the travel industry and conservationists, make new commercial partnerships and join round-table discussions and conference talks on key issues.


Make positive change for good by coming together and work towards common goals.

In the words of Jim Sano, Vice President of WWF Travel, Tourism and Conservation, ‘It’s time to be agnostic about conservation’. Too many organisations build walls and barriers to co-operation and often work in silos as if competing with one another. Through this summit we aim to drive change by bringing people together.

The conference will include several 'Discussion Hubs' including:

Animal Welfare in Tourism Savvy travellers are becoming more aware of animal welfare in tourism, with research now showing discerning consumers are more likely to book with travel providers who operate responsible animal welfare tours. It’s a hot topic, recently a couple of high-profile holiday companies have announced their decision to stop sales and promotion of captive animal attractions. Attend this round table discussion to learn more about the topic, so you are informed and have the inside knowledge when talking to your customers.

Discover the five simple steps designed to help travel companies to minimise their impact on animals and the natural environment.

This table discussion is facilitated by Daniel Turner, Director of animal welfare in tourism specialists Animondial

Travel Without Plastic

Sponsored by Water-to-Go It’s a big problem, the planet is covered in plastic with wildlife and the natural environment at risk. But there are practical, cost effective solutions to reducing single-use plastic without compromising the guest experience. Discover top tips on working with travel partners to reduce and eliminate single use plastic.

This table discussion is facilitated by Rachel McCafferty, Travel Without Plastic

We want to encourage sustainable practices and responsible tourism by drawing awareness to the growing problem of plastic pollution. Water-to-Go is the sustainable solution to this problem and we want to work with organisations and businesses that share our values, aims and goals. By encouraging you and your clients to buy a Water-to-Go bottle, we can help reduce your carbon footprint as we aim to save the planet from plastic pollution.

Online Marketing, PR and Social Media. The Latest Thinking on Engaging with Existing and New Customers. Sponsored by Mr Zen Technology is playing an increasingly important part in wildlife tourism marketing. Gather around this table if you are looking for answers and interesting ideas to help your company to engage with your target audience. Find out what’s new, what is working and what is not! Is traditional advertising dead or still relevant? Is it worth developing a travel App? Do media influencers work? How do you convert social media engagement into sales?

This table discussion is facilitated by Anneka Roberts, Associate Vice President of Digital, The Brighter Group – Finn Partners

We know travel. We were contracting travel services and managing tour leaders in the late nineties. Since then we’ve clocked up experience with Travel IT and eCommerce second to none.

At Mr Zen use this experience to solve problems for our clients and try to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients’ budgets. Our range of products and services are specifically tailored to the Travel Industry and our fundamental goal is to increase client bookings and reduced admin.


Cruising On The Wild Side. Sponsored by ABTOT Small-ship adventure and expedition cruising can offer the best ways to see some of the world’s most beautiful wildlife in remote settings, often only accessible by boat.

With more new expedition cruise vessels being launched, there is more choice than event for travellers. Join this session to learn about the opportunities in the exciting and fast-growing cruise sector.

ABTOT is recognised by the Travel Industry as a practical and efficient way of complying with the regulations and offering customers holiday protection.

We are here to offer you a guiding hand as we know you’ll want to focus your energies on making a success of your business. We have the experience and expertise to lead you through the regulatory maze.

Social responsibility and conservation…can the travel trade do more?

Partnered by SAA

Tourism, social responsibility and conservation are working hard together on several projects, trying to find good practice. However there is a lot more to be done. So what can we do to help wider social, environmental and wildlife issues that really matter to the planet and our consumers

This table discussion is facilitated by Kate Studholme, Founder & CEO, Tail 2 Tale