Global whale shark tourism: a "golden goose" of sustainable and lucrative income

Global whale shark tourism: a "golden goose" of sustainable and lucrative income

Primary Country: Belize
Ecosystem: species
Sample Value Estimates:
(a) US$ 34,906 annual value of whale shark in Belize, using the 2002 Belize whale shark tourism survey results (b) US$ 104,718 potential annual value of whale shark if shark moves amongst 3 sites. Several whale sharks tagged in Belize have moved between Gladden Spit and tourism sites in Honduras and the Yucatan, Mexico, therefore producing greater revenue. If each site generates as much as Gladden Spit, then the whale shark's value could effectively triple (c) US$ 47.5 million annually as possible value for global whale-shark tourism, based on land-based tours from US$40-266 per day and luxury live-aboard tourism worth considerably more.
Region: Americas

Publication information

Graham, R.T. [Initial. Lastname] (J. Doe) “Global whale shark tourism: a "golden goose" of sustainable and lucrative income” Shark News 16: 8-9, 2004

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