Launching Our Newest Report On Whale Watching In Iceland
I’m in Iceland for the launch of IFAW’s newest report titled Whale Watching Worldwide. As the name suggests Whale Watching Worldwide details the economic benefit of watching whales around the world. I can’t think of a better place to launch such a report than in a country that has some of the best whale watching anywhere. Whale watching is a growing ecotourism industry that responsibly uses living whales. It spurs economic growth by creating jobs and generating revenue pretty important stuff in a country that’s entire banking system has collapsed within the past year.
All in all we found that 117 countries have some type of whale watching operator up from just 87 in 1998. Whale Watchers spent $870 million on tickets alone and another $1.3 billion on secondary purchases related to their whale watching trips. Best of all whale watching supports more than 13,000 jobs.
The reality is that this report proves what we’ve long thought, that a live whale is much more valuable than a dead one.