Tongan Princess to be declared Royal Patron of Whales

On Friday 3rd October Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita will be officially declared the Royal Patron of Whales in the Kingdom of Tonga.

In an event hosted by IFAW, the Tonga Visitors Bureau, Vava’u Tourism Association and the Tonga Whale Watching Operators Association, HRH Princess Pilolevu will accept the title in honour of her father, the late King Tupou IV, who banned all hunting of whales in Tonga in 1978.

Tonga has one of the fastest growing whale watch industries in the world and injects more than 2 million USD into the Tongan economy each year.

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