Whale Watching Tourism Boom

Currently, this type of tourism is leaving $300 million annually in revenues in 18 countries in Latin America.

Monday, June 1, 2009

In Central America, they can be seen in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica.

Elnuevodiario.com.ni published comments by Marcela Vargas, WSPA Programs Manager for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean: "This means, in addition to being a business that benefits many communities, it is a sign of hope for the future of whales. Our country simply cannot ignore the benefits of protecting whales. Whale-watching tourism has grown exponentially, which is a clear indication people’s interest in enjoying these magnificent animals in a respectful and peaceful manner."

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Whales Bring Money

February 2012

Visits by tourists interested in seeing whales up close create total revenues of about $21 million.

Overall, economic activities related to whale watching in Costa Rica generate about $21 million a year, according to data from the Mar Viva Foundation.

"The money spent by visitors on tours represents about $5 million, but if you add indirect costs, such as restaurants and hotels, the figure reaches $21 million," reported ElFinancierocr.com.

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