Adventure World Alaska famil shows how to make travel matter

Travel advisors from ANZ building fences for wood bisons

Adventure World recently hosted six travel advisors from Australia and New Zealand on a memorable famil to Alaska. This immersive trip provided advisors with firsthand knowledge of Adventure World’s MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences, showcasing how travel can be a force for good.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® prioritises reducing tourism’s negative effects while maximising its benefits. The advisors experienced authentic, ethical, and sustainable adventures that celebrate and conserve heritage and culture, benefit local communities, protect wildlife and marine life, and safeguard the environment.

A trip highlight was volunteering at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC). The advisors actively participated in constructing a fence to keep visitors safe from the wood bison enclosure, which is particularly important for protecting vulnerable calves.

Wood bison babies | Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Facebook

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The AWCC, a non-profit sanctuary, dedicates itself to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and exceptional animal care. They provide permanent homes for orphaned and injured animals, offering over 200 acres of spacious habitats where residents can exhibit natural behaviours and serve as educational ambassadors for their species.

The AWCC partners with the US Forest Service and leases an additional 110 acres dedicated solely to wood bison. Since 2003, they have participated in a joint program with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to reintroduce this keystone herbivore, North America’s largest land mammal, back into Alaska after a century-long absence. In 2015, 130 wood bison were successfully released into western Alaska.

“This famil provided invaluable insights into responsible travel practices and insights into Adventure World’s core ethos to Travel with Purpose,” said Caryn Young, General Manager for Adventure World. “We’re thrilled to equip our travel advisors with the knowledge and resources to create unforgettable experiences for their clients that truly benefit destinations and wildlife.”

Lead image – Pictured with the finished fence built by the Adventure World Alaksa famil team, from left are Andrew Gyberts, Helloworld Townsville; Heather Ruhle, Visit Anchorage; Racheal Henshaw, Pursers Travel & Cruise; Michael Connell, Flight Centre Lynn Mall; Zoe Casson, Helloworld Scone; Danielle Jackson, Chirn Park Travel; Rachael Wood, House of Travel New Zealand;  Tia Frohle, Visit Anchorage; Caryn Young, Adventure World and Allyce Balderston, Adventure World.

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