Whale Watching 2001

Whale Watching 2001

Whale watching as a commercial endeavor — with important educational, environmental, scientific, and other socioeconomic benefits — is now at least a $1 billion USD industry attracting more than 9 million participants a year in 87 countries and territories. Since the last worldwide survey in 1994, whale watching has continued to grow at a rapid rate. In 1991, only 31 countries and overseas territories were involved in whale watching; today there are 87. At the same time, the number of whale watchers has increased from a little more than 4 million for the year 1991, and 5.4 million for the year 1994, to 9 million in 1998. Total whale watching tourism expenditures, estimated at $504 million USD (£311 million GBP) in 1994, grew to $1,049 million USD (£655 million GBP) in 1998.

Experts

Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Dr. Ralf (Perry) Sonntag, Country Director, Germany
Country Director, Germany
Isabel McCrea, Regional Director, Oceania
Regional Director, Oceania
IFAW Japan Representative
IFAW Japan Representative
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Whales
Robbie Marsland, Regional Director, United Kingdom
Regional Director, United Kingdom