World whale and dolphin watch operators to meet in UK

The World Whale & Dolphin Watch Operators Conference will bring together whale and dolphin watching businesses from around the world in an opportunity to form a new alliance, and share ideas and best practice.

The conference will focus on helping whale watch businesses to be more sustainable, and more profitable, than ever before.

As part of Planet Whale’s initiative to raise the standards of whale watching worldwide, 12 whale and dolphin watching companies have committed to work in partnership to assist with developing a more responsible and sustainable industry.

Each partner has contributed their expertise to Planet Whale’s 2012 Report on Responsible Whale & Dolphin Watching which will be published for the first time at the conference.

Finally, the conference will celebrate the best operators in the business through a new annual awards ceremony.

Other events during during WhaleFest 2012 week include the first ever World Whale Conference. Open to anyone with a passion for cetaceans, it will involve members of the public, whale and dolphin charities, government agencies, and businesses discussing the best way of working together to implement a global whale-saving campaign.

The World Whale Conference will also include celebrity keynote speakers, as well as the official launch of the Save The Whales: Reloaded campaign. At the end of the conference the attendees will make a public declaration of their commitment to the campaign.

Held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel, WhaleFest 2012 will bring together conservationists, divers, whale and dolphin experts and the public for the world’s largest celebration of wild whales and dolphins in a weekend-long event.

WhaleFest is the culmination of a whole week of WhaleFest Fringe activities which will take place in Brighton between 22-28 October 2012. A host of music, arts and cultural activities themed around whales and dolphins will be available across the city, backed by Visit Britain and Visit Brighton.

Advance tickets to WhaleFest are now available from £9 per adult at


Source: Travelmole by Valere Tjolle

(Mark Caney will be attending WhaleFest and copies of Dolphin Way will be available).

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