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Whale Watch Icon Offered In Booming Industry

Published: Tue 15 Mar 2011 11:32 AM
Whale Watch Icon Offered In Booming Industry
Australia’s pioneer whale watching business is now offered for sale. Australian icon, *Hervey Bay** Whale* *Watch** *is a multi-award winning tourist charter, specializing in whale watching in the waters of Hervey Bay, Queensland. *Hervey Bay Whale Watch* introduced the whale watching experience to visitors of Hervey Bay for the first time in 1987.
Darren Kindleysides from the *Australian Marine Conservation Society* said, “1.6 million domestic and international tourists go whale and dolphin watching each year in Australia creating an industry worth over A$300 million a year”. Hervey Bay is known world-wide as the whale watching capital of Australia.
In the southern hemisphere winter, hundreds of humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hervey Bay to breed and give birth before returning to Antarctica for the summer. According to variety of sources, whale watching is one of the fastest growing tourism industries in Australia.
Since the end of whaling in Australia in 1979, Whales have increased their numbers in Australian waters. This has enabled Australia to have and promote a sustainable whale watching industry that offers a safe and educational experience to thousands of national and international tourists. A study published in *Marine Policy *stated that “Whale tourism has expanded steadily over the last two decades and could add more than US$400 million dollars and 5,700 jobs to the global economy each year”. This business has the potential to expand as it has numerous growth opportunities at present. Currently,* Hervey Bay Whale Watch *operates whale watching cruises seasonally from July to November and operates other charter operations throughout the year. “This business is not just about the whales…” Says Jill Perry, co-owner of Hervey Bay Whale Watch. “It’s also about lifestyle, the joy of seeing whales everyday never subsides. We are just ready to retire.” Interested purchasers or investors from Australia and abroad should contact Tegan DeClark or Adam Pike, L.J Hooker Business Broking QLD, for more information email: tdeclark[at]ljhbb.com.au or visit http://www.ljhooker.com.au/3NEGSW.
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