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WTCA 2024 A New Benchmark in Wildlife Tourism: Celebrating Innovation and Collaboration

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Ideas, Success, and Sustainability Unite at the Conclave & Awards Event in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

The inaugural edition Wildlife Tourism Conclave and Awards, held from March 1 to March 3, 2024, have set a new precedent in the wildlife tourism and conservation sectors, ushering in an era of unparalleled industry excellence. Organized by Discover Wildlife Tourism World, DTORR, and Hello Experiences, and supported by Maharashtra Tourism, this landmark event gathered over 400+ enthusiasts, professionals, and experts for three days of meaningful discussions, presentations, and networking at the Amphitheatre, NIC, Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

Reflecting on the event’s success, the organizers shared, “The vibrant participation and engagement at our first Wildlife Tourism Conclave and Awards 2024 reflect the sector’s keen interest and dedication to conservation and tourism. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants, sponsors, and partners for their crucial roles in making this event a monumental success.”

Event Highlights:

Insightful Engagements: Keynote sessions, panel discussions, learning labs, and case studies delved into the future of wildlife conservation in India and the development of wildlife tourism. Renowned speakers, including Mr. Sunil Limaye, Dr. Pravish Pandya, Ms. Vidya Venkatesh, Col. Dr. Navaz Shariff, Mr. S.H Jafferi, Ms. Dipti Patil, Mr. Niket Surve and Mr. Mohammed Dilawar  provided valuable insights, creating a rich environment for learning and innovation.

Collaborative Discussions: Expert panels discussed the role of tourism in conservation and strategies for reshaping tourism through collaboration, featuring diverse viewpoints from industry leaders such as Ms. Bhavna Menon, Mr. Sameer Joshi, Mr. Kedar Gore, Ms. Shilpa Borkar, Mr. Nitish Agrawal, Ms. Smriti Saraogi, Ms. Puja Deb, Mr. Deep Katikar, Mr. Sachin Behara, Ms. Rutikar Paradkar and Mr. Vikas Tembhare. These discussions highlighted the industry’s collaborative ethos.

Sustainable Practices and Innovation: Sustainability was a central theme, with extensive efforts to minimize waste, use recyclable materials, enhance energy efficiency, and reduce carbon footprints. The careful monitoring of plastic use and carbon emissions, alongside tree planting in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, emphasized the event’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

Varied Activities: The concluding day featured a range of educational and engaging activities, including a Block Painting Workshop and sessions to promote wildlife conservation awareness among families and children.

The Conclave and Awards also served as a platform for sponsors and partners to present their latest innovations, enhancing the attendee experience with contributions from entities like Maharashtra Tourism, World Wildlife Day by the United Nations, Wildlife Conservation Society of India, Wildlife SOS, The Corbett Foundation, Papershaper, Travellers World, Sanctuary Nature Foundation and many more.

Maharashtra Tourism: A Wildlife Odyssey

Within the heart of India, Maharashtra unfolds a sanctuary for wildlife enthusiasts amidst its vibrant cities and rich culture. Explore the untamed beauty of iconic destinations such as the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, where the regal Bengal tiger reigns supreme, offering a captivating safari experience. Journey through the lush expanses of Melghat, a haven for biodiversity. Maharashtra Tourism extends an invitation to witness the thriving wildlife of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, home to elusive leopards and a myriad of species. Traverse the rich ecosystems of Chandoli National Park, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, each a testament to the state’s commitment to conservation. The adventure doesn’t end here; Maharashtra’s eco-friendly initiatives, including those at Pench Tiger Reserve and Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, promise an immersive and responsible encounter with nature. Maharashtra, a symphony of wildlife sanctuaries and cultural vibrancy, invites you to embark on a journey where every step is a conservation adventure.

Looking forward, the organizers are preparing for the next edition, focusing on exploring new challenges and opportunities within the wildlife and tourism sectors.

For further information about the Wildlife Tourism Conclave and Awards and upcoming events, please visit: dwt.world/wtca2024


Vikas Tembhare, Director – Conclave, Wildlife Tourism Conclave & Awards 2024

Phone: +91 8435577769

Email: wtca@dwt.com

Website: dwt.world/wtca2024

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