“Towards Responsible Tourism for Cetaceans”


Durban, South Africa 

24th -29th June 2017


The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) would like to invite you to register your interest in our forthcoming Whale Heritage Sites Summit and World Whale Conference: ‘Towards Responsible Tourism for Cetaceans’ in Durban, South Africa from 24th – 29th June 2017.


The WCA is the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises. Through cooperation, our 70+ global Partners aim to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, to ensure their continued health and survival.


The WCA invites you to participate in this event to discuss how tourism can 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.” Dylan Walker, CEO, World Cetacean Alliance.


Hosted by the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau and eThekwini Municipality, the WCA’s 2017 Conference will compose of two parts:


The 4th World Whale Conference will 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.


Conference Schedule:


Saturday 24th June, 2017: Social events: Community event, excursions, dinner (tbc)

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