ANNOUNCEMENT: SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST 2017 WCA WORLD WHALE CONFERENCE AND WHALE HERITAGE SITES SUMMIT
‘TOWARDS RESPONSIBLE TOURISM FOR CETACEANS’
24th – 29th June, 2017, Protea Hotel Edward, Durban, South Africa
Hosted by the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau and eThekwini Municipality, the 4th World Whale Conferencewill focus on responsible tourism for whales and dolphins, and will unite national, regional and global stakeholders from whale conservation and welfare backgrounds, the whale watching industry, travel and tourism representatives, and beyond, to share evidence and discuss strategies to ensure the protection of cetaceans in southern Africa and worldwide.
The 2nd Whale Heritage Sites Summit will bring together representatives from tourist destinations, international institutions and the private sector along with global experts in tourism, sustainability and whale watching to see WHS candidates showcase their destinations, and discuss and explore opportunities for the development of new sites in Africa and worldwide.
The WCA is encouraging interested and invested parties globally, including stakeholders across southern and eastern Africa, to participate in discussions to help protect and celebrate cetaceans and their habitats.”As an international partnership it is very important for us to reach out to our African colleagues and welcome them to this important event for everybody interested in marine conservation and ecotourism. We have been hugely impressed with Kwazulu-Natal, its friendly people, and its focus on conservation and sustainability – all key ingredients for this conference and summit.” said Dylan Walker, CEO, World Cetacean Alliance.
Saturday 24th June, 2017: Social events: Community event, Excursions, Dinner
Sunday 25th June, 2017: Workshops (open for topic registration soon)
Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th June, 2017: World Whale Conference
Wednesday 28th June & Thursday 29th June, 2017: Whale Heritage Sites (WHS) Summit
The conference website will soon be updated with more information on the schedule of events planned for these international meetings.
In the meantime the WCA would like to encourage all interested parties and stakeholders to have their say in the development of this conference and summit by taking part in our online questionnaire