BY, Brett Tollman
Chief Executive, TTC
Greetings from Los Angeles.
Last Saturday marked World Sea Turtle Day, a day I take note of every year for the meaningful place it holds in The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) sustainability journey and the pertinent role turtle conservation has played in helping us come to the place in our responsibility mission we find ourselves at today.
In my home state of California, the endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles migrate 6,000 miles each year across the Pacific Ocean from their main nesting areas of Indonesia to foraging off my state’s coast. Unfortunately, these turtles’ population is on a continuous decline which further highlights the importance of conservation work. Also, when I was in Mexico with my family at the end of last year near Jalisco, we had the amazing opportunity to watch some baby sea turtles from the area hatch and be released in the ocean. So, sea turtles are near and dear to my heart and an important creature in our continued biodiversity.
2018 has been an exciting year for our not-for-profit foundation, TreadRight which is celebrating its 10thyear with a notable portfolio of 50-plus sustainability projects worldwide supported to its name to date. In the foundation’s fledgling days, one of the projects we supported was delivered in partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy. The organization is committed to ensuring the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Pacific through research education, training, advocacy, and protection of the natural habitats upon which sea turtles depend, and is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group.