Whale shark economics: a valuation of wildlife tourism in South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Whale shark economics: a valuation of wildlife tourism in South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Primary Country: Maldives
Ecosystem: species
Sample Value Estimates:
(a) US$7.6 million direct expenditures for whale shark tourism in the South Ari MPA, Maldives for 2012 (B) US$9.4 million direct expenditures for whale shark tourism in the South Ari MPA, Maldives for 2013. These expenditures are based on an estimate of 72,000 to 78,000 tourists who are involved in whale shark excursions annually.
Methodology: direct expenditure
Region: Asia

Publication information

Cagua, E.F. Collins, N.Hancock, J.Rees, R. “Whale shark economics: a valuation of wildlife tourism in South Ari Atoll, Maldives” PeerJ, 2:e515; DOI 10.7717/peerj.515, 2014

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