Adventure Travel Conservation Fund
ELIE & EVP received a 6 month grant for Jan – Jun 2021 through this amazing organization. This is helping us cover some of the core weekly operations like petrol for the mahouts to get out to their elephants, and some site and forest protection activities, while Covid is limiting our tourism revenue. While giving us some funds to look into alternative income source for the project, elephants and community.
SUPPORTING CONSERVATION THROUGH RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
Over the past six months, the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF) has pivoted to support those hardest hit in the travel industry. We have continually asked ourselves how we can support the communities and people who are so dependent on tourism, when there is none to speak of. The COVID-19 pandemic has increasingly impacted travel destinations all over the world, many who are now suffering due to lack of income. This is especially true in communities that are heavily dependent on tourism dollars for economic stability. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) reported that up to 50 million travel and tourism jobs are at risk around the world due to the current pandemic. Not only does this impact people who want to travel, but it also affects the people who have jobs within the travel industry.