Australian shark tourism valuation method may be useful elsewhere

The economic value of shark tourism including white shark cage-diving in Australia

A socio-economic survey methodology that recently estimated the direct economic contribution of shark tourism in Australia may be a useful tool for estimating the value of wildlife tourism and ecotourism in other destinations. For destinations keen to understand more about the economic value of their own ecotourism and wildlife tourism products, the methodology employed by […]

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Pantanal jaguar ecotourists willing to compensate ranchers for stock losses

Wildlife ecotourists willing to compensate ranchers

Advertise Here Most wildlife ecotourists in the Pantanal region of South America say they are willing to compensate cattle ranchers for livestock taken by wild jaguars. This is according to a new study, “The numbers of the beast: Valuation of jaguar (Panthera onca) tourism and cattle depredation in the Brazilian Pantanal”, by Fernando R. Tortato, Thiago […]

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Whale shark tracking shows upside for Ningaloo ecotourism industry

Whale shark tourism. Whale shark Ningaloo ecotourism Western Australia. Source: ECOCEAN

Swimming with whale sharks could become a year-round ecotourism activity for the Ningaloo Coast region of Western Australia (WA), according to ECOCEAN research scientist Samantha Reynolds. By emphasising the potential for an economic activity, the Phys.org story is a refreshing hint at how an environmentalist cause can ally with science and the tourism industry. Reynolds […]

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August 31, 2017

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Oman ecotourism an investment target

Oman ecotourism a target for investment

Oman ecotourism is set to receive an injection of development funds after the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) to develop ecotourism in nature reserves. A committee involving MECA and MoT was formed earlier this year to prepare strategies and plans for the […]

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August 15, 2017

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Botswana boards the bandwagon of ecotourism & sustainable tourism

Rifai & Muohi discuss training and sustainable tourism Botswana

Botswana has no choice but to practice ecotourism and sustainable tourism, according to University of Botswana Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Kgomotso Moahi who was speaking at a public lecture organised by the Botswana Tourism Organisation and the University of Botswana (UB). UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai was the guest speaker at the July 26 […]

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Cambodia vows to expand & improve community-based ecotourism services

Cambodia community-based ecotourism. Cambodia hard work in the rice paddies. Kevin Evans/AusAID, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACambodia_-_Working_in_the_rice_paddies_(10678730813).jpg

An inter-ministerial working group has vowed to expand and improve Cambodia’s community-based ecotourism services, reports Khmer Times. Tourism Minister Thong Khon said there are about 2,000 fishing and forest communities nationwide, but only a few are serving the tourism sector. “Some areas are trying but are not running proper tourism services, while we think there […]

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