Global shark currency: the distribution, frequency, and economic value of shark ecotourism

Global shark currency: the distribution, frequency, and economic value of shark ecotourism

Primary Country: global
Ecosystem: species
Sample Value Estimates:
(a) US$ 2.3 million value of shark-observing dives to local economy in Maldives in 1993 (b) $78 million generated in annual revenue in 2007 from shark-diver interactions the Bahamas (c) US$800 million generated from shark-diver interactions in the Bahamas over past 20 years (d) US$ 30-900 Willingness to Pay range for observing whale sharks for divers in the Seychelles and Austalia, 1997.
Region: global

Publication information

Gallagher, A.J. Hammerschlag, N. “Global shark currency: the distribution, frequency, and economic value of shark ecotourism” Current Issues in Tourism, 14:8, 797-812, 2011

Addtional Notes

This study provides the first attempt to use the Interet to gauge the distribution and frequency of shark ecotourism. An examination of ecotourism via the Internet websites revealed 376 established shark ecotourism operations - over 500 found and screened - in 83 specific locations, spanning 29 different countries.

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